Ohio’s elections director will be taking a close look at one of the state’s largest counties, where a series of missteps and squabbling among election board members delayed voting results for hours in this past week’s primary. The latest trouble comes on top of several years of infighting and accusations of wrongdoing within the Lucas County’s elections board. Secretary of State Jon Husted called the situation there the worst he’s faced from an elections board. “There’s not even a close second,” he said. A committee appointed by Husted in early April to look into the board’s operations recommended Friday that the county’s top two elections officials be fired and that three of its four board members be replaced.
Scott Borgemenke, who led the committee, said the county elections board has been given several chances to make changes but continues to be pulled down by dissension and lack of leadership. “We don’t know what else to do,” he said. “The only way to move forward is to start over.”
It will be up to the secretary of state to decide whether to do that. “The sooner we fix the problem, the better,” Husted said a day before the committee made its decision.