Panel pledges top-to-bottom review of Cuyahoga elections

CLEVELAND - A panel investigating foul-ups in the May 2 primary pledges a top-to-bottom review of how Cuyahoga County runs elections.

The three-member panel says that it will work with Case Western Reserve University to investigate every process and propose improvements.

That includes finding a system to hire and properly train competent poll workers.

Several polling places opened late and it took three days to count results. Most of the mistakes were blamed on poll workers unfamiliar with new electronic touch-screen machines in Ohio's first punch-card free election.

The Board of Elections also had to count absentee ballots by hand because optical scan machines couldn't read them. The panel says that it needs an outside specialist to find out what went wrong with the scanners.

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