MIAMI COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The Miami County Board of Elections voted Tuesday night to fire elections Director Beverly Kendall after state officials discovered that over 6,000 early votes went uncounted from the November 6 general election.
Board members voted 3-1 to terminate Kendall, effective immediately.
The Secretary of State’s Office contacted the Board of Elections about the issue involving 6,288 votes on Dec. 20 after reviewing the election results.
Board Chairman Dave Fisher said he and staff knew something was wrong with the ballot count on Election Night. It was concluded that an incorrect shutoff of an early voting machine was to blame. Fisher said he and the board were re-assured all votes had been counted. Fisher said it wasn’t until the Secretary of State’s Office contacted them, that they realized the votes were not tallied.
Members also voted to start an investigation into how the uncounted votes could have gone undetected for so long. They said there were various steps including an audit, where the issue should have been detected.
On Thursday, the Board will meet at 6:30 a.m. to meet to discuss who the third party investigator will be.
Board of Elections Chairman Dave Fisher says the missing votes did not affect the outcome of any races or issues, and no recounts were triggered, but they did vote to approve an amendment to election results to reflect the corrected totals.
Additionally, the county will move toward a new paper ballot system by Clear Ballot, rather than continue to use the current touchscreen system from Dominion Voting.
Staff will also look into getting a refund from Dominion, as they were dissatisfied with their services and machine performance on election night.