- The Washington Times
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A midday power outage at two polling places in Franklin County, Ohio Tuesday sent midterm voting into disarray in a battleground state.

The Columbus Dispatch reported one suburban Columbus polling place lost power just before noon, forcing election officials to swap electronic machines with paper ballots.

“Anybody who’s going to this location should be able to vote, but it could take a little bit longer than normal,” Franklin County Board of Elections spokesman Aaron Sellars told the paper.

An earlier power outage occurred in Dublin the news outlet reported. Power was restored by 9:45 a.m.,

Mr. Sellers blamed damage from recent storms for the outages.

Ohio has a number of high-profile races this year. Richard Cordray, Democrat, and Mike DeWine, Republican, are battling to replace Republican Gov. John Kasich, who is leaving after eight years in office.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat, is seeking a third term in Congress against Republican challenger Rep. Jim Renacci. At least five house races throughout the state are being watched nationally.

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