Ohio county finds ballot fix after candidate death

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Posted: Feb 22, 2012 6:11 PM
Ohio county finds ballot fix after candidate death

Elections officials in southwest Ohio have come up with a quick ballot fix after the death of a coroner candidate running unopposed in a Democratic primary.

Hamilton County officials said Wednesday they'll avoid a costly reprinting of thousands of ballots and still follow state law while getting the name of a replacement candidate for Dr. Anant Bahti (ah-NAHNT' BAH'-tee) before voters.

Bahti in 2010 was appointed coroner in Hamilton County, whose county seat is Cincinnati. He was seeking his party's nomination in the March 6 primary to run for his first full term when he died last week after a fall.

Elections officials will put the replacement candidate's name on reprinted paper ballots for early voters. Those voting on Election Day will use electronic machines instead of the usual paper ballots.