Fired Election Officials Drop Suit Against Ohio Election Chief

Nov 19, 2012

Two ex-county elections officials fired by Ohio's Republican secretary of state have dropped their lawsuit against him after claiming they were unjustly terminated.

Democrats Dennis Lieberman and Thomas Ritchie Sr. filed a voluntary dismissal of their case Friday.  they were previously on the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

The decision comes after a federal judge last month denied their request to be reinstated to the board.  The judge ruled that among other issues, the ex-officials failed to identify that a fundamental right had been violated by their removal.

Lieberman said Friday that they decided to let the case go because a successful outcome would have involved taxpayer money being awards to them.  He also said they didn't want to work for Secretary of State Jon Husted.