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Committee Will Review Disputed Election of State Rep. Al Landis

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There will be a legislative hearing Tuesday morning on a contentious election in Northeast Ohio. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.

Monday, April 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Last fall, when voters in the 98th state house district near Kent Ohio went to the polls, it appears they chose Republican Al Landis by a total of only eight votes.

But the race has been contested because at least 60 votes were not counted.

Since that time, Landis has served at the Statehouse as a lawmaker while a special committee looks into questions about that race. Democrats have highlighted discrepancies in vote counting standards and they want all outstanding ballots counted. They contend errors were made in the state’s database by the secretary of state’s office.

For his part, Secretary of State Jon Husted says the ballots were handled appropriately.

The committee, made up of Republican and Democratic lawmakers, will hold hearings on the matter and then make a recommendation to the full Ohio House of Representatives.

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