Montgomery County Board of Elections

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is forwarding Trotwood resident Larry Ealy's petitions to run for office to Secretary of State Jon Husted.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the investigation surrounds the possibility of fraudulent signatures; parts of 10 petitions contained suspicious signatures and many of the signatures that appear on them are made by non registered voters.

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.