April 25, 2014

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Board of Elections rejects 360 ballots

LORAIN – Nearly 7,000 absentee and provisional ballots cast in the general election won`t be certified until next week, but the county Board of Elections already has tossed out 360 of them that failed to meet state voting requirements.

The two main problems that invalidated ballots – 85 in all – were voters failing to provide the required identification and failing to return the stub of the ballot.

Another 64 voters were not registered in the county they listed, 36 voters voted in the wrong precinct and 35 voters didn`t provide their date of birth on the identification envelope.

During the board`s meeting Tuesday, board officials said they plan to certify the election results from Nov. 6 on Tuesday, when the board will determine in what races recounts would be required. Those would be done Dec. 5.

Also Wednesday, the board voted to accept 16 ballots submitted with provisional documentation that included previous addresses that differed from the information recorded in the Board of Election`s voter files. The board members did so, they said, because the identification included in the ballot verified the voter.

Board of Elections member Anthony Giardini suggested tracking the percentages of the problems throughout each election to help determine if the board is making improvements on an election-to-election basis and to help in determining if there are any training improvements the board could offer to limit the number of rejected ballots.

Contact Stephen Szucs at 336-4016 or sszucs@chroniclet.com.