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Summit County school levies failed Beacon Journal story erred

By admin Published: August 4, 2011

Wednesday’s edition of the Beacon Journal had incorrect results on page A1 for the Stow-Munroe Falls and Nordonia Hills school levies that were on Tuesday’s special ballot.

Both issues were defeated, and we apologize for the error.

The Stow issue was defeated 4,041 to 2,621, and Nordonia Hills lost 4,659 to 3,618, according to the Summit County Board of Elections.

Here’s how the errors occurred: Education reporter John Higgins, before taking a few days off, wrote a story detailing the issues in each of five school districts.

An editor was to obtain the results and alter the first few paragraphs to reflect the outcome.

The person who watched the results Tuesday night did not know that while most counties’ election reports show “yes” votes on the first line and “no” votes on the second, the Summit board of elections’ computer is unique in that it switches the results to place the largest number first, whether in the affirmative or negative.

Although the numbers were properly labeled by the board of elections, the editor did not realize that the final report from the Summit board listed the “no” votes first.

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