Incompetence reigns at the Board Of Elections

In today’s Dayton Daily News, Betty Smith, deputy director of the Montgomery County Board of Elections, made our fair community look like a bunch of backassward Luddites with her quote:

Longtime Dayton activist Esrati to run for Congress
Turner and former Waynesville Mayor Charles W. Sanders, a Democrat, have taken out petitions from the Montgomery County Board of Elections as well.Esrati said he got his petitions off the Internet, not from the board.

Betty Smith, deputy director of the board, warned that online sources sometimes have outdated versions of petitions posted and the board will not validate signatures gathered on old documents.

Well, if Betty and the rest of the BOE were actually professionally qualified to do their jobs instead of being the beneficiaries of political patronage jobs, maybe the Montgomery County Board of Elections could have current versions of the forms on their website- like the Franklin County Board of Elections- where we linked to from the Grassroots Dayton site to make those petitions available to EVERYONE.

You see, if you provide forms as PDF’s available as print on demand, you never have to throw out the old ones Betty. And better yet, the forms can actually be filled out by COMPUTER, so the information in the forms is all the same and legible. But, don’t worry, we’ll be in to compare our “new fangled forms” with your personal stash on Monday, just to make sure you don’t try to invalidate citizens signatures on some technicality that you love to dream up. We know it’s not really about the people getting an opportunity to decide who runs- but about you being the gatekeeper in charge of it all.

Maybe, it’s time for Betty to learn about PDF’s and the Internet.

Or maybe it’s time for her to get a new line of work.

I highly encourage everyone who feels a passion to serve, especially, retired Army Lt. Col. Victor Harris who was snubbed by the Montgomery County Democratic Party with his wish to run in the Ohio 40th, to download the petitions, get the signatures and run.

I’ll even throw in this special offer to all the Democratic candidates who bypass the party apparatus- you can come take my next Websitetology seminar for free to help you use the Internet most effectively in your campaign.

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“professionally qualified to do their jobs” Well that’s harsh. My MCBoE experiences have been efficient and pleasant.

Do be sure to use the correct weight and brightness of paper when printing out the PDFs. (Is this disclosed on the Franklin Co BoE site? Gotcha!…)

Bruce Kettelle

I think the Secretary of State (Ohio) reversed the paper requirement in September 2004.

David Esrati
David Esrati

I got a nice return call from Ms. Betty Smith at the BOE, thanking me for putting the link to the download that I used. It is the current form, and we are circulating valid petitions. She was very helpful on the details of the filing, including that the BOE will make a computer available, and train one of our volunteers to be able to check our signatures before submission.
Note, unlike petitions for the City of Dayton, no notary is required. We can turn in as many signatures as we want, but they will only check up to 150, but will stop the moment they have 50 valid.

Vic Harris


I got my web site up. It’s austere but has the required info. Check it out if you get a chance.