The Lucas County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to
better monitor their employees' emails.
Board Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler said someone within the
board was sending emails to the Secretary of State questioning the board's budget
that had been drawn up. Rothenbuhler said didn't know about the emails until
Secretary of State officials asked him about them two weeks ago.
So to be better in the loop, the board voted to make all
emails sent from top-level managers go to the board at the same time they go to
their boss, the Secretary of State.
"I don't know if we can preempt a problem, but I know
this: Part of the solution should be that we know about internal issues before
the Secretary of State does, at the board level," Rothenbuhler said. "Maybe we
can solve some of these problems. Maybe we can put the fire out before it
becomes a bonfire."
He said he doesn't know who sent the emails to the
Secretary of State, but he will know of these issues in the future.
The vote was something the board could legally do,
although it may be controversial.