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Live Blog: Ohio Election 2015

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With the Columbus mayoral race, three big statewide issues, and a handful of city races, the city of Columbus and the State of Ohio had big decisions to make on Nov. 3. 

Update 10:13 p.m.

Andrew Ginther well on his way to becoming next Columbus Mayor.  

Andrew Ginther 60% 

Zach Scott   39% 

70% of precincts reporting. 

Update  10:04 pm

Issue 2 - Anti-Monopoly Amendment too close to call with 60% of vote counted.   YES winning by about 100,000 votes. 

YES 53% 
NO   47% 

Update 9:46 p.m.

Columbus Mayor update: Half the votes have been counted.

Andrew Ginther (61%)

Zach Scott (38%)

Update 9:40 p.m.

The Associated Press has reported that Issue 3 has failed.

Update 9:32 p.m.

Michael Stinziano - 18%

Zach Klein - 18%

Elizabeth Brown - 18%

Jaiza Page - 16%

After about 29 percent of precincts reporting, these four seem to have a lock on the four City Council spots. Still 71 percent of votes yet to be counted, though.

Update 9:27 p.m.

If proponents of Issue 3 were banking on support from Cuyahoga County, Franklin County and Hamilton County, it appears the ballot measure may come up short. The Issue is being defeated nearly 2-1 these three counties. Hamilton county only has absentee reporting so far, because the polls didn't close until 9:00 p.m.

Franklin County has 10 percent of precincts reporting, Cuyahoga County has a little over 1 percent of precincts reporting.

Update 9:21 p.m.

Issue 1 - Yes 72-28

Issue 2 - Yes 53-47

Issue 3 - No 65-35

These results are with 31 percent of precincts reporting.

Update 9:18 p.m.

As expected the Zoo Levy (Issue 15) and the ADAMH Levy (Issue 14) are passing with ease.

Zoo Levy 75-25 percent

ADAMH Levy 76-24 percent

Update 9:13 p.m.

Preliminary results for Franklin County are rolling in, and Andrew Ginther leads Zach Scott 62-37 percent. Nearly 15 percent of the precincts are reporting.

Update 9:09 p.m.

Now that the polls are closed, statewide numbers have been released and nearly 25 percent of precincts are reporting.

Issue 1 is currently passing 72% to 28%

Issue 2 is currently passing 54% to 46%

Issue 3 is currently passing 66% to 34%

Update 9:00 p.m.

Polls have now closed in Hamilton County, and all polls are closed in Ohio. Expect results to start coming in, any minute. Franklin County added a PDF of absentee ballots, here.

Update 8:32 p.m.

In the Columbus City Council race, where there are 4 seats available, Michael Stinziano, Zach Klein, Elizabeth Brown and Jaiza Page all hold comfortable leads, in that order.

Michael Stinziano - 20%

Zach Klein - 19%

Elizabeth Brown - 19%

Jaiza Page - 17%

Update 8:12 p.m.

Absentee ballots for Franklin County results have been released by the Franklin County Board of Elections. With 23,187 absentee votes counted, Andrew Ginther leads Zach Scott in the Columbus Mayoral race.

Andrew Ginther 64%

Zach Scott 36%

Update 8:03 p.m.

The secretary of state has given the go ahead to release local results prior to the 9 p.m. deadline for statewide issues. Returns for Franklin County will be posted shortly, Ben Piscitelli from the Franklin Board of Elections tells 89.7 NPR News.

Update 7:56 p.m.

Ian James from ResponsibleOhio talked to Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles about the ruling to keep polling locations in Hamilton County until 9 p.m.

"When voters are not being heard, when they don't have the right to cast their ballot and have their votes count, it's imperative that the courts step in, they've done that. It seems like the story of my life, I'm in court," James said. "A lot."

Update 7:36 p.m.

Despite Hamilton County having nothing to do with local elections (mayoral race, zoo levy, etc.) it appears that individual counties will be unable to publish any results until 9 p.m.

From the Franklin County Board of Elections: "Due to an injunction against Hamilton County, live election results may not be posted until after 9:00 p.m."

If this changes, or we get any results, we will update here.

Update: 7:30 p.m.

Polls are now closed in all counties except Hamilton County (Cincinnati). However, because Hamilton County voting locations are open until 9 p.m., no election results will be available until 9 p.m.

"Results through the Secretary of State’s election night reporting system will be embargoed and not available until polling locations in Hamilton County have closed at 9 p.m.," Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wrote in a statement.

Update: 7:08 p.m. 

A judge ruled that polling locations in Hamilton County (Cincinnati) are to remain open until 9 p.m. This will likely extend the night on the statewide Issues 1, 2 and 3. Read more from WVXU's Howard Wilkinson.

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With election results expected to start coming in around 7:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m., we'll be updating this blog with the most up-to-date information. 

The 89.7 NPR News team will be with you online and on the air for the evening to recap the 2015 election. 

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