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Ohio House to hear contested-election lawsuit

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House of Representatives will hear a contested-election lawsuit by a Democratic House candidate who lost his bid to unseat the Republican incumbent by eight votes.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/11ZPKLO ) reports that Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor on Friday ordered evidence and other records collected in Democrat Josh O'Farrell's challenge to be transferred to the House.

O'Farrell's complaint says the Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAW'-uhs) County Board of Elections rejected multiple election irregularities involving provisional and absentee ballots that could have changed the race's outcome.

Rep. Al Landis' defeat of O'Farrell gave Republicans a 60-vote majority in the House. That majority allows Republicans to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot or override a governor's veto without a Democratic vote.

State law says the House must decide the contested race.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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