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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 06:52 PM

Republican SOS, Husted fires Mont. Co. Democratic BOE members



The two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections ( Dayton Ohio) have been fired, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted said in a letter released Tuesday afternoon.

“After reviewing the report of the hearing officer following the Aug. 20 … hearing, I can draw no other conclusion: You knowingly and willfully violated Ohio election law,” Husted said in his letter to Thomas Ritchie Sr. of Dayton and Dennis Lieberman of Clayton...( my neighborhood)...

Husted said in his letter that board members are free to express their discontent with any directive or advisory issued, “but they cannot disobey them. Your dismissal is not about differing views; it is about you violating the law…. You were given subsequent chances to comply and refused to take corrective action.”

The move by Husted, the state’s chief elections official, was the latest in a series of flare ups over when Ohioans can cast an early ballot in person in the presidential battleground state. The issue essentially broke down along political party lines. Ohio is one of 32 states, plus the District of Columbia, that allow voters to cast an early ballot by mail or in person without having to give a reason.

Husted last week ordered all 88 county election boards to have the same early voting hours on weekdays and to close on weekends, once early voting starts Oct. 2.

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