Something happened at the BOE on election day

The Montgomery County Board of Elections is a very odd place. It has all kinds of power- but, no one there is elected by you or me- and, for every single position- there has to be two people, one Dem, one Republican. So, considering they only have a few actual elections each year- the rest of the time is spent… well, maintaining voter records, going over politicians finance reports- and trying to outmaneuver the other party. Oh, yes- and collecting paychecks.

It’s a great place to get a patronage job- where you can hang out and get paid- only having to work really hard a few days a year.

Last Tuesday, May 4, 2010, was one of those gotta work days. And, apparently, there was a casualty- one very connected Dem got put in time-out, and the wagons have circled. Unfortunately, I’m not privy to the why- or what exactly happened, but, I figure if I post this- someone will want to comment anonymously and fill in the details.

So, if you have a tip, or tips, on what happened to one of the party faithful- please share.

Thank you.

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10 Responses

  1. Dan May 12, 2010 / 5:09 am
    Wonder if that’s why it’s 8 days after the election and there have been no updates on the status of the results…

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  2. Mitch May 12, 2010 / 4:31 pm
    See the DDN article just posted a few minutes ago!

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  3. David Esrati May 12, 2010 / 5:06 pm

    Here’s the DDN article- I knew who it was- still don’t know what Mr. Tipps did.

    DAYTON — A Democratic employee of the Montgomery County Board of Elections is expected to resign today after being placed on administrative leave after an Election Day incident, according to Steve Harsman, director of the board.

    Harsman said an investigation of Tony Tipps, a 13 year employee, will continue and the board will meet on Tuesday to discuss it and take action.

    “When the situation was addressed the morning after the election we made it a priority the first thing. I placed him on (paid) administrative leave,” Harsman said.

    He would not say what Tipps is accused of and Tipps could not be reached for comment. But Harsman did say that Tipps alleged action did not impact the election.

    “Absolutely nothing went wrong with the election,” said Harsman. “There was nothing that changed the outcome of the election or any major infraction from an election standpoint. I will tell you he obviously violated policy.”

    Tipps, whose base pay is $45,885, is an elections operation coordinator. He is the son of long-time lobbyist Paul Tipps, the former chairman of both the Ohio and Montgomery County Democratic parties.

    Tony Tipps’ job at the board involves the logistics of setting up for the election, delivering machines and returning election equipment on election night, Harsman said.

    “It had nothing to do with his day to day role,” said Harsman. “It was nothing to do with the specific election, the outcome or tabulation or anything to do with the day to day operation of the election.”

    via Democratic elections board employee placed on leave.

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  4. SheliaO May 13, 2010 / 9:19 am
    A story about no details makes me feel so much better. *insert sarcasm sign here*

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  5. Anonymous May 13, 2010 / 3:09 pm
    There isn’t any update on the elections results because the election will not be certified until Tuesday.  The Board cannot begin the certification process until 10 days after the election to give time for those who voted provisionally to provide I.D. if they did not do so at the polls as well as to allow time for absentee ballots to be received provided that those ballots were postmarked on or prior to Election Day.

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