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’s top elections official says leaders of Ohio’s Republican party are trying to inject politics into the voting process by holding secret meetings with republican county election officials.
Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is meeting with elections officials and concerned voters in the near future to discuss her recommended changes to the voting process in November.
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.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has deadlocked on whether to switch to a new voting system for the March primary, leaving the state’s chief elections officer to break the 2-2 tie.
Ohio’s top elections official says all you’d need is a magnet and “smart phone” like the Palm Treo to tamper with Ohio’s electronic voting machines. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is reporting today on the findings of a $1,900,000 study of electronic voting systems in the state.
Republican Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell is under fire from Democrats.