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Ballots ordered sealed in disputed Ohio House race

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has denied a Democratic House candidate's request for a hand count and inspection of ballots in a race he lost by eight votes.

It's the latest development in a protracted disagreement over who won the race between incumbent state Rep. Al Landis, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Josh O'Farrell to represent voters in Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAW'-uhs) and Holmes counties.

In its order Tuesday, the high court rejected O'Farrell's request for a new recount and visual inspection of certain ballots.

Going further, justices ordered election boards to seal the ballots and to justify within five days why the documents shouldn't be permanently sealed and sent to Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor for safekeeping.

Landis' victory gave Republicans a critical 60-vote majority in the House.

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