Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell has said thatthe vote count in his state is not yet official, and willnot be official until all provisional ballots are counted,which will not take place until ten days after the election.
At present, President Bush is 136,483 votes ahead of JohnKerry. There are 175,000 known provisional ballots, and notall counties have transmitted their provisional ballots tothe Secretary of State as of today.
In the unlikely event that Ohio turns out to cast itselectoral vote for John Kerry, he would become the nextpresident. Until the state’s vote is officially tabulated,the question remains open. Kerry’s concession to thepresident would have no legal standing if the state’selectoral votes were cast for him.