Believe it or not, there are still two ballot recounts taking
place around the state and, depending on the outcomes, Republicans could be
about to gain what’s known as a “supermajority” in the Ohio House of
Representatives. One already exists in the Ohio Senate.
If both recounts go the Republicans’ way, they would enjoy a
60-to-39 House majority – meaning the minority party would have no power to do
much of anything.
For example, Democrats say it would have been impossible to
get the repeal of controversial Senate Bill 5 on last year’s election ballot, had a
supermajority existed then.
Democrats, independents and some Republicans say it’s never a
good idea for one party to hold nearly all the power.
State Representative Debbie Phillips (D-Athens), the
assistant minority whip, says legal challenges could come as those two races
“We really have to analyze the details on the provisional
ballots that were rejected, and assess our process in making sure that those
are counted,” Phillips explains.
It could be late December before we know who won the seats.
One is in the Dover-New Philadelphia area; the other is in suburban Cleveland.