NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio -- A Democratic contender for the Ohio House this fall is contesting a recount that left him eight votes shy of victory.
A lawsuit filed by Josh O'Farrell in the Ohio Supreme Court on Monday argues that about 50 votes were improperly thrown out by the Tuscarawas and Holmes county election boards.
O'Farrell was declared the loser earlier this month in a race against incumbent Republican state Rep. Al Landis.
With Landis' win, House Republicans scored a key 60-vote majority in next year's Legislature.
The suit requests that votes be counted that were: cast in the wrong precinct due to poll worker error; impossible for the optical scanners to read and should have been remade; or lacked signatures or other identifying information on the ballot or ballot envelope.
The Associated Press