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Board Reaches Impasse on Weekend Voting

14, 2008

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner will decide whether Franklin County voters cast ballots on weekends before the November election. During a meeting Thursday members of the Board of Elections disagreed on weekend balloting.

Democrat Replaces Republican at Franklin Co. Elections Board

Outgoing board chairman William Anthony, Jr., presided during removal of Matt Damschroder as director of the Elections board.
March 2, 2008

With only two days before the Ohio primary, there’s been a shake-up at the Franklin County Board of Elections. Republican Matt Damschroder was removed as director Sunday. He’ll remain as a consultant through the end of the year. There have been reports of friction between Damschroder and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, a Democrat.

Ohio Returning to Paper Ballots?

21, 2007

Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner wants Cuyahoga County to switch from electronic touch screen voting to an optical scanning system that uses paper ballots. Elections officials in other counties wonder if they too will be required to make the change.

Provisional, Absentee Ballots Likely to Determine 15th Congressional District Race

Franklin County voters continued to return paper ballots the day of the election
November 8, 2006

The race for the 15th Congressional District between incumbent Republican Deborah Pryce and Democratic challenger Mary Jo Kilroy remains too close to call. The winner probably won’t be known until later this month.

Early Voting in Franklin County Hits Record Numbers

County elections director Matt Damschroder looks through thousands of unopened absentee ballots. Stored in a vault, they'll be opened and counted the morning of November 7th.
October 25, 2006

With absentee ballots pouring in some county elections boards are pleading for approval to start counting ballots before Election Day. But state officials said Wednesday that Ohio law has no provision to allow the early counting of votes. Here in Franklin County, board of elections officials say they are surprised at the large number of people taking advantage of the new, early voting law. They now predict that one-third of all ballots counted on November 7th will be cast before election day.

A Thousand Teens to Assume Franklin County Poll Working Duties

Dublin Coffman students learn to set up electronic voting machines
October 24, 2006

Elections officials in Franklin County say at least 20% of poll workers on Election Day will be teenagers, 17 and 18 years of age. Some may be too young to vote, but if they complete the required training they will be certified as elections workers under a bill signed into law in January.

Ohio Activists Protest Bush, Electronic Voting

Activist Victoria Parks holds two caracatures of President Bush
October 5, 2006

Central Ohio Peace activists held a protest this morning on the steps of the Franklin County Board of Elections. Speakers called for the impeachment or President Bush because of the war in Iraq. Others protested what they called ‘Faith Based Machines’ – criticizing Ohio’s new electronic voting machines.

Some Ohio Elections Boards Work Overtime to Verify Signatures

31, 2006

Franklin and other counties’ election boards have been working overtime to validate the signatures on ballot initiative petitions. Employees in other Franklin County departments have pitched in to help the board review some half-million signatures this year. State law requires that the signatures on statewide petitions be verified at the county level.

Electronic Voting Has Its Glitches

One of Franklin County's 4,200 iVotronic touch screen voting machines
May 2, 2006

Early voting in Franklin County’s May 2nd primary was beset with glitches.

Franklin County Rolls Out New Voting Machines

12, 2006

Franklin County voters will use new electronic voting machines in next month’s primary election. In an effort to help them better prepare to cast ballots electronically, elections board director Matt Damschroder held a demonstration in downtown Columbus. He also tried to dispel any suggestion that the machines might tally results incorrectly.