NEW PHILADELPHIA, Ohio (AP) -- 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 (tus-kuh-RAW'-uhs) 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.