State Seeks Resignations Of All Cuyahoga Elections Board Members

CLEVELAND (AP) - The recently elected Ohio secretary of state
has asked all four members of the Cuyahoga County elections board
to resign, she said Monday.

The state's most populous county has had difficulty adjusting to
electronic voting, including numerous problems in last May's
primary. A Cuyahoga County judge recently sentenced two elections
workers to 18 months in prison for rigging a recount of the 2004
presidential election so they could avoid a more thorough review of
the votes.

Jennifer Brunner, the state's chief election officer, said her
decision was based on her pledge to restore trust to elections in
Ohio. Brunner, a Democrat, called the four board members Sunday
night, asking them to resign by close of business on Wednesday.

The board's chairman, Robert Bennett, a Republican, also heads
the GOP in Ohio. His term on the board ends in 2010. Board members
Edward Coaxum Jr. and Loree Soggs are Democrats and Sally
Florkiewicz, is a Republican.

A message seeking comment was left for Bennett.