CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- The Democratic Primary for judge of the Guernsey County Probate/Juvenile Court will likely be subject to a recount.
Just one vote separates the two candidates vying to appear on the November ballot for the seat on the bench. According to preliminary results from the Guernsey County Board of Elections, Andrew Warhola leads Kent Biegler by the narrowest of margins, 918 votes to 917.
The Board of Elections will hold the official election count on May 19. This will include the votes cast in the election on Tuesday, along with up to 40 absentee ballots and 29 provisional ballots not included in the election day totals. The provisional ballots must be validated by the elections board before being counted. This means that a total of up to 69 votes could be added to the election day totals.
Once the final election totals are certified on May 20, the board will determine if a mandatory recount is in order. A recount will be mandated if the margin of victory for either Biegler or Warhola is 1/2 of one percent or less, than the total number of votes cast for both candidates. If a tie results following all recounts, the winner will be determined by lot, as prescribed by state law. The elections board will choose the method, typically the toss of a coin.
The winner will face David Bennett in the general election. Bennett was the only Republican candidate on the ballot. He received 1,912 votes.
Bennett, Biegler, and Warhola are all seeking to replace retiring Judge Robert S. Moorehead Jr., who was prevented from running again due to the constitutional age restriction.