Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner issued a report Friday that concluded
“She’s told us what her preference is, but she recognizes it’s our decision,” said Jeff Hastings, chairman of the Cuyahoga County Elections Board.
Brunner recommended that
The elections board on Monday listened to the opinions of public officials, voting machine vendors and citizens during a daylong meeting. They adjourned until Thursday afternoon, when board member Davis Chappell, who was absent Monday, was expected to return.
Allan Benek, a vice president with Omaha, Neb.-based voting machines vendor Election Systems & Software, told Cuyahoga’s elections board that ES&S is ready to immediately help set up an optical-scan system in the county.
But board members responded that the reliability of ES&S voting machines was also questioned in Brunner’s report.
Chappell said in a prepared statement that the board must act immediately in accordance with Brunner’s recommendations.
“Staying with our current vendor seems an option fraught with peril,” Chappell said in the statement