Cleveland Election Workers Put On Trial

Cleveland, OH - Three Cuyahoga County elections workers are set for trial on charges that they mishandled ballots during the 2004 presidential election recount.

Opening statements are scheduled to begin Wednesday (at 8:45) in Cleveland.

The workers are accused of purposely breaking the law to avoid a lengthy and expensive hand recount of the vote. The most serious charges carry a maximum sentence of 18 months in prison.

All three employees have been on paid leave from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The board is defending the workers, saying they did not knowingly break any laws.

The recount was requested by third-party candidates who suspected the workers did not follow the rules and filed a complaint, which led to the charges.

Associated Press