The Summit County Board of Elections received only three complaints Tuesday from people not running for office.
All involved precincts where people were voting on the Nordonia Hills school levy, a property tax hike which voters approved by a large margin.
In the end, no one was prevented from voting, some incidents were murkier than first described on social media and one of the complaints, it turns out, wasn’t so much a gripe, but an alert from a voter who was satisfied a poll supervisor resolved the problem, said Bill Rich, chairman of the elections board.
Here are the complaints reported and what board of elections workers determined happened:
• At Boston Heights Village Hall, a woman reported that she and another voter dressed in Nordonia schools T-shirts were given a hard time for “politicking.”
Poll workers didn’t block the women from voting, Rich said, but advised them to avoid wearing school-branded clothing next time they vote and there’s a school levy on the ballot.
Rich said the shirts did not appear political since they carried no campaign slogan. Voters can wear school gear to the polls, he said, as long as it doesn’t support or oppose a levy on the ballot.
• At South Point, a senior living facility, a levy supporter said a poll worker asked a voter if he knew how much the levy would cost him.
Levy supporters repeated the story on social media and the voter also called the board of elections and reported the incident, Rich said. In the call, the voter elaborated and said that a supervisor who overheard the remark immediately stepped in and reminded the poll worker that no election talk — pro or con — was permitted by poll workers.
“The voter ultimately said it was handled very well,” Rich said.
• At Northfield Presbyterian Church, a voter said he overheard poll workers talking to each about the levy. Nordonia Superintendent Joe Clark, who tweeted out the first two complaints Tuesday, forwarded an anonymous email from the voter to the board of elections, Rich said.
The poll location manager said the purported conversation didn’t happen unless it was during his lunch break, the only time when he wasn’t on site, Rich said. The manager added that he met with poll workers the night before the election and reminded them not to talk about anything on the ballot, including the school levy.
Rich reminded Summit County voters to take immediate action if they run into trouble at the polls. Ask your precinct officials to call the board of elections with any questions or concerns because they have a troubleshooting hotline to board staff.
If precinct officials balk, he said, voters should call the board of elections at 330-643-5200.
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