election law

Judge Who Sided with Ohio SOS in Paper Ballot Authority Scuffle May Be in Violation of Judicial Conduct Code

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Eric Brown Tuesday dismissed on procedural grounds a case brought by the Union County Commissioners challenging the authority of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner to force them and other counties who use touch screen voting machines to also provide a paper ballot to any voter who requests one on March 4th, the date of Ohio’s primary election.

The bellwether case, the first by an Ohio county that challenges Brunner’s authority as elections chief to force Ohio's 88 county boards of elections to have available by November elections paper ballots for any voter who asks for one, is of special interest to the 53 counties who will use electronic touch-screen voting machines as their primary system of voting in a fortnight.