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Secretary of State's transparency board grills Lucas County Board of Elections

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The transparency committee put together by Secretary of State Jon Husted sat down with members of the Lucas County Board of Elections today to help iron out issues within the board.

This comes after last week Husted said his office spends more time and resources helping to manage the Lucas County Board of Elections than they spend collectively on the other 87 counties in the state combined.

Tensions were high the first time the committee met with the board last week. Frustrations and emotions were even higher Tuesday as the transparency board tried to dig deeper into the issues within the board of elections.

At times, confusion could be seen on the faces of the 4 member transparency committee when they heard the answers to their questions.

It seemed as though there was a lot of finger pointing by the board, but not a lot of responsibility was taken.

That frustrated the committee leading one member to say it was "disappointing" and "disheartening" the board couldn't even run a normal meeting properly, let alone an election.

Board members and employees were asked tough questions about a computer hard drive that was wiped out, financial questions, and whether or not the board was defending themselves and its staff, or the voters.

Members of the committee encouraged the board to focus on the voters, not themselves.

The committee also dug deep into the voting process and revealed it's possible absentee voters actually voted in the past without a legal mailing address.

The committee will continue to make weekly visits to the board through the upcoming May election.

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