Elections Chief Fires Montgomery County Democratic Election Board Members

Aug 29, 2012

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has fired two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains why.

The two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, Tom Ritchie and Dennis Lieberman, faced a hearing at Secretary of State Husted’s office earlier this month.  The purpose of that hearing was to determine whether Husted could fire the two Democrats.  The hearing officer has given the go ahead and now, Husted, has dismissed the pair. 

Husted said the men had disobeyed his directive to hold uniform hours for early in person voting.  Lieberman and Ritchie voted to hold weekend hours in their county after Husted issued his directive that all counties should have the same operating hours at boards of elections. 

"Secretary of State Husted is trampling on the rights of voters in this state and he will target anyone who dares to stand up to his suppressive acts," says Lieberman.  

“The losers here are the voters and our democracy. Voters want the polls open on weekends and evenings so give the people what they want," says Ritchie.

The two fired board members are considering legal action against Husted.