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The final result of two very close Hamilton County races won't be known for about two weeks until nearly 13,000 provisional ballots are counted. But the results from Tuesday night's unofficial vote count are unlikely to be reversed.

Hamilton County's final count in the November 5 election began Tuesday, and the results could have a major impact on some suburban races that were very close in the unofficial count on election night. Tuesday, the board of elections approved counting 11,797 provisional ballots that were cast on election day. The board ended up rejecting 1,028 – 666 of them because the people who cast them were not registered voters. Another 273 were rejected because they were cast by voters in the wrong...

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Update 11/7: Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted told the Hamilton County Board of Elections Friday he wants a review of the county's problems with electronic poll books completed by Dec. 11. Board members have already launched their investigation into what went wrong Tuesday, when poll worker confusion and technical problems with the new e-poll books caused a judge to extend voting hours to 9 p.m.

An issue which left a Hamilton County Juvenile Court judgeship in legal limbo for months after the 2010 election has been resolved once and for all by a federal district court judge in Columbus.

U.S. District Court Judge Algenon Marbley has made permanent a ruling he issued last year saying that provisional ballots cast by voters who show up at the right polling place but the wrong precinct table must be counted.

That was the main issue after the November 2010 election when...