The Summit County Board of Elections held hearings Tuesday regarding three people who voted in their former polling locations in the November election rather than in the new location where they were supposed to go because of a recent move.
Two of the voters said they thought they were supposed to vote at their old polling locations because they didn’t think the board had processed their change of addresses.
The third voter said she had bought a new house, but was still living in the old house at the time of the November election.
When voters move after the registration deadline, they are supposed to vote a provisional ballot at the polling location for their new address. The board doesn’t tell voters who change their addresses after the registration deadline about this requirement, but plans to look into whether this should be done in the future.
Deputy Director Kim Zurz said voters with questions about where they should vote can call the board at 330-643-5200.
The board voted, as required by law, to refer the three voters to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office.
Assistant Summit County Prosecutor Mike Todd said during hearings last week involving four other voters with similar circumstances that there didn’t appear to be any intentional wrongdoing. He said voters will be notified by his office about whether prosecution will be pursued.
A fourth voter who didn’t show up for his hearing Tuesday will be issued a second subpoena to appear. The board also will hold a hearing at a meeting in June on another voter who won’t return from Florida until the end of May.
In other business, the board voted not to rehire 10 poll workers who performed poorly in the November election and to provide additional training to 52 other poll workers.
The poll workers who are retrained will be given an assessment before working in another election and will receive extra supervision when they return to the job, said Joe Masich, director of the elections board.
The board evaluates poll workers after each election, rating them on numerous factors, such as arrival time and the ability to keep up with work. The board used a more rigorous evaluation with the November election than had been used in the past, Masich said.