For the second time this year, Cuyahoga County Commissioners are demanding a major change in the county's voting equipment. The commissioners worry that problems during this week's election board recount could spell trouble during next year's presidential election. ideastream's Tasha Flournoy has this report.
The Cuyahoga County Commissioners had so little confidence earlier this fall in its touch-screen voting machines that it asked the secretary of state to delay next year's primary from March to May. State officials denied the request. So, now with new evidence the machines aren't up for the job, county commissioners are saying the machines have to be replaced and that the state should foot the bill. Here's Commissioner Tim Hagan.
Tim Hagan: We're saying the state made a decision and left us holding the bag here. And now, we know that this system is flawed. And if you're going to change the system, the state through the legislature ought to appropriate money to pay for that change.
The commissioners plan to send that request to Bruner this week. Meanwhile, the county elections board is awaiting the secretary of state's report on the viability of all the voting machines used throughout the state in a few weeks. At the same time, Diebold will conduct its own tests on their voting equipment at the elections board beginning Monday.
Tasha Flournoy, 90.3.