John Williams wins by narrow victory of 23 votes over Tracie Hunter
Jenell Walton, email@example.com
1:38 PM, Nov 20, 2010
7:33 AM, Nov 21, 2010
CINCINNATI - Republican John Williams has been declared the winner of theHamilton County Juvenile Court Judge race, but now the CincinnatiNAACP says his Democratic challenger Tracie Hunter may be thewinner of the 2010 election.
This announcement comes two weeks after the November 2election.
The NAACP says the Hunter Campaign was notified that they lostby 23 votes, which the NAACP says automatically triggers arecount.
The organization says there are hundreds of ballots that havenot been counted that were cast in African American precincts.
"The citizen went to the right polling location but weredirected to the wrong table," said NAACP president, ChristopherSmitherman.
However, reportedly those provisional ballots Smitherman refersto were thrown out because of issues involving written signaturesover signed signatures and voters who got in the wrong line attheir polling stations.
The Hamilton County Board of Election's website has declaredWilliams the official winner with 680 precincts reporting.
The website states Williams won with 50.1 percent of the vote or114,989 votes to Hunter's 49.99 percent or 114,966 of the vote.
The NAACP says if a recount declares Hunter the winner, she willbe the first African American elected juvenile court judge inHamilton County.
In the meantime, Williams' term will begin January 1, 2011.