Federal observers to help monitor election in Ohio

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A state representative says the U.S. Department of Justice will have federal observers at polling sites in Ohio during the primary election Tuesday.

Democratic Rep. Alicia Reece of Cincinnati asked that the government send observers to Hamilton County, citing an earlier election dispute there.

That dispute over the counting of hundreds of provisional ballots has left a 2010 juvenile court election unresolved. A federal judge ordered that the ballots be counted, saying poll worker error caused votes to be cast in the wrong precincts even though voters were at the right polling location. The secretary of state then said the county elections board should appeal the judge's ruling.

Reece says having federal observers this time around provides extra protection for the voting rights of all residents.