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GUEST EDITORIAL: Board of Elections

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LUCAS COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

By Michael Miller, Toledo Free Press Editor in Chief 

Six months ago, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted placed the Lucas County Board of Elections under SOS administrative oversight and assistance. That long-overdue move helped protect the integrity of the elections process from the BOE's dysfunction.

In a report issued last week, SOS-hired consultants who evaluated the Lucas County BOE recommended that Director Meghan Gallagher and Deputy Director Dan DeAngelis be removed from office.
Predictably, at a Feb. 26 board meeting, no movement was made toward following the SOS recommendation. There is no indication that any of the SOS's efforts will effect change, or that any confidence has been restored.
This era of BOE operation will be remembered as an utter failure, a humiliation on a statewide level, and an example of managerial incompetence that lowered an already pitiful standard in Lucas County.
Husted has provided a solution. The BOE is ignoring it. Gallagher may think she has outlasted the SOS intervention and "won," but Lucas County continues to be the loser as long as she has a presence at the BOE.

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