As the Lucas County Prosecutor's office continues to investigate the breach of the e-mail account of an employee inside the Lucas County Board of Elections residents are voicing their concerns. Hugh Collins, who works in advertising in downtown Toledo, believes the time has come for a comprehensive look at the Lucas County BOE. "I think it needs to be looked at by an independent body outside of Toledo," Mr. Collins said.
On Friday police seized two computers from the Lucas County Board of Elections. Computer technicians discovered that an e-mail was sent from the account of an employee without that employee's knowledge, which is a violation of the law. Ben Roberts, Director of the Lucas County BOE declined to comment and referred WNWO to Jeff Lingo of the Lucas County Prosecutor's office who did not respond to a message left by WNWO.
This criminal investigation comes just one week before the 2011 Election and is the latest in a string of troubles for the agency. In March then Director Linda Howe and Deputy Director Jeremy Demagall were forced out after the office of Ohio Secretary of State John Husted rendered criticism over how provisional and absentee ballots were handled during the recount in the disputed Lucas County Commissioner's race between George Sarantou and Carol Contrada. On the evening of election night 2010 Sarantou was ahead but after provisional ballots were tallied Contrada surged past Sarantou and was eventually certified as the winner. Many questions though were raised about the validity of some of those provisional ballots.