Ohio Supreme Court weighs in on who employs the BOE staff

It’s funny- just as Secretary of State Jon Husted claims that the problems at the Montgomery County Board of Elections are a local issue- the Ohio Supreme Court decides in a Cuyahoga County case of BOE workers behaving badly that they work for the SOS:

The Ohio Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by two former Cuyahoga County Board of Elections workers to compel county taxpayers to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in lawyers’ bills.

The court ruled Thursday that county taxpayers should not have to pay because Jacqueline Maiden and Kathleen Dreamer were not county employees. Board of elections workers are ultimately under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of State office, the court found.

via Cuyahoga County taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay election workers’ legal bills: Ohio Supreme Court | cleveland.com.

But earlier in the week- our only elected election official in the state:

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office views the matter as a local one, according to spokesman Matthew McClellan.

via Elections board wants investigation.

Personally, I’m a big fan of accountability- and since the employees are all appointed by the two major political parties, I believe that they should be forced to pay all legal fees, fines, and be held accountable for violations by their appointees. The members of the actual board, the two Dems and two Republicans who get paid $20K per year for attending two short meetings a month, should be held personally liable for amounts up to and equaling their compensation from the BOE.

It’s time to change the way we run elections in the State of Ohio- and we can’t afford, or wait for the parties in power to make the necessary changes.

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