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Amy Grom's petitions rejected because voters printed their names

By John Published: September 6, 2011

Akron School Board member Amy Reeves Grom spent her Labor Day weekend with a Notary Public getting affidavits from 14  voters whose names were excluded from her petitions to run for a second four year-term in November.

She fell short of the 300 signature requirement, so she scrutinized the petition signatures to see if there were some mistakes that would break in her favor. 

This morning she pleaded her case to the Summit County Board of Elections and got two of her 14 affidavit signers to accompany her on a work day.

The board indicated she had some wiggle room on 8 signatures, but even if the board gave her those, she would still be five short of the 300 mark needed to make the ballot.

She had more than five voters who printed their names on the petition sheets instead of signing them.

The board said Ohio law requires that a voter sign the sheet in cursive.

Bottom line: Grom is short on signatures and won't appear on the ballot.

Irony of ironies: Ohio no longer requires cursive writing in schools.

The board approved six write-in candidates for Akron School Board and at leasat one of those six is guaranteed a seat. Ohio law does not allow Grom to run as a write-in candidate for this election.

The Summit County Board of Elections also certified all the candidates for Hudson city government  and write-in candidates for Boston Heights council, Village of Lakemore Council, Peninsula Council and the Twin-Keystone Water District.




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