Lake County officials remain concerned about a state law
that could force the county to purchase additional voting machines.
A ratio that requires each county to have one voting
machine per 175 registered voters was enacted in 2006 and is slated to go into
effect next year.
Eliminating that ratio had been discussed as part of the
two-year state budget that was passed June 30, but it ultimately did not
Earlier this year, Lake County elections officials
estimated the county would have to purchase an additional 54 voting machines
based on a voter registration level of more than 152,000.
The cost would be $100,000 to $200,000, depending on if
the equipment was new or used.
Lake County Commissioner Daniel P. Troy
said during a
meeting this week that spending that money to purchase additional machines was
an “unnecessary expenditure.”
Troy also recalled that county Elections Board Director Scott E. Daisher
previously stated to commissioners publicly that the longest anyone had to wait
to vote in the November 2012 election was a report of a 30-minute wait when the
polls opened in one precinct.
Otherwise, there have been no long wait times so
purchasing additional machines simply isn’t needed, officials said.
Troy said the County Commissioners Association of Ohio and
Lake County officials will continue to speak with state lawmakers, including
state Sen. Nina
, a Cleveland Democrat who represents half of Lake County as
part of District 25 in the Ohio Senate.
Turner also is running for Ohio Secretary of State next
year and likely will face incumbent Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
When the law was enacted in 2006, it came as memories were
fresh about reports of voters across the state who weren’t able to cast a
ballot or had to wait for so long to vote that they decided not to bother.
Troy and other election officials in Lake County now argue
the ratio is no longer necessary to implement because voters have more options
available to them to vote absentee and that has helped alleviate long lines and
made it easier to vote.
An interesting question to ponder is what would happen if
the law isn’t changed or a solution isn’t reached in time and the county decided
not to go ahead and purchase additional machines? Perhaps a potential legal
It will be interesting to see what develops.
Gov. John Kasich
continues to push for an expansion of
Medicaid for people who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Friday that the governor
will ask the seven-member Ohio Controlling Board to approve spending about
$2.56 billion in federal money to cover an estimated 275,000 low-income Ohioans
With four Republicans, two Democrats and Board Chairman Randy Cole
who is a policy advisor for the state Office of Budget Management, it will be
interesting to see if a Medicaid expansion basically skips past the Ohio
Candidates in Lake, Geauga and eastern Cuyahoga counties
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n Matt Jaworski
, candidate for
Wickliffe Council at large, hosts a bowling fundraiser, noon to 3 p.m. today at
Wickliffe Lanes. See Jaworski or Matt Gallik
Lake County Commissioner Judy Moran
hosts Oktoberfest 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at American Legion Hall in Willowick. See
or Kevin Malecek
Lake County Recorder Ann M. Radcliffe
hosts spaghetti dinner fundraiser 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Park Road Grill in
Painesville Township. See Terri Conley
John Arthur Hutchison
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