Pair of retired judges to monitor Board of Elections

Judge Charles Wittenberg and Judge Pete Handwork attended their first board meeting on Wednesday.

Ohio Secretary of State John Husted has tapped two retired judges to observe meetings of the Lucas County Board of Elections.

Husted appointed, Judge Charles Wittenberg and Judge Pete Handwork, who attended their first board meeting on Wednesday.

"I think they managed to work with each other civilly and respectfully, despite the fact they are disagreeing on this one issue," Judge Handwork.

Judge Handwork was referring to a motion to grant the board the power to issue subpoenas in relation to an allegation, regarding Republican board member Jon Stainbrook.

A low-level Board of Elections employee alleged he saw a text message that Stainbrook sent to another employee, in which Stainbrook instructed this worker to slow down the preparations for the May 6 primary.

Stainbrook has denied the allegations. Nevertheless, the board voted 3-0 to grant the Director, Deputy Director and Board Chairman Ron Rothenbuhler the power to issue subpoenas. Stainbrook abstained.

Judge Handwork and Judge Wittenberg will monitor all Board of Elections meetings through May 27, which is the date by which the May 6 primary election must be certified.