After testing its new paper-ballot voting machines, Mahoning County Board of Elections officials say they are ready for today’s general election. Board officials tested the equipment Monday at their office in Oakhill Renaissance Place on Oak Hill Avenue on the city’s South Side.
“We feel pretty confident,” said Thomas McCabe, the board’s director, about the new voting machines. It’s been “busy” at the board since July, he said.
During that month, board employees verified 31,251 signatures from registered county voters on petitions to place Issue 2 on today’s ballot. If approved, the issue would restrict some collective- bargaining rights for public employees.
Then the board moved its office in September from the South Side Annex to Oakhill. At the same time, the board moved from electronic touch-screen voting to paper ballots.