Theatrics and controversy at the Summit County Board of Elections meeting Tuesday. When board member Wayne Jones went off the agenda and called for a vote on in-person early voting hours the weekend before the November election, Republican board member Ray Weber decided he'd heard enough......
Board of Elections Director Joe Masich tells AkronNewsNow what happened next. "Mr. Weber was upset that this matter came before the Board not on the agenda, and excused himself from the meeting, leaving no quorum and therefore we believe the Board had no right to act with only two members present."
The other Republican board member, Alex Arshinkoff, had to miss the meeting because he's still recovering from injuries from a traffic crash.
Masich checked with the Secretary of State and believes the 2-0 vote by the two Democratic board members is not legal. He says he forwarded the minutes from Tuesday's meeting to the Secretary of State
The two members who voted, Jones and Tim Gorbach are seeking a decision from the Summit County Prosecutor on whether the vote was legal.
Masich says Weber is also considering filing a complaint with the Secretary of State.
Joe Masich says no decision can be made now anyway on early voting hours because the matter is in the federal district court of appeals from the Secretary Of State and State Attorney General, after another court ordered Secretary of State John Husted to allow the early in-person voting hours.
Early voting in Ohio starts Tuesday.