Stranded students rescued by Brown County cooperation 4-H Teen Ambassador Dunning attends SHOT Show Veterans Service Commission invites veterans to seek help with benefits Unemployment rate rises in Brown County Pick a Lollipop, help a dog A season to remember G-Men hit the field for first baseball scrimmage Eastern’s Rigdon, Purdy earn AP SE District Div. III honors New blocking, kicking rules address risk minimization in high school football Judy A Schneider James M Darnell Lawanda R Truesdell Paul E Grisham Arrelous R Rowland Dennis E Stivers David M Daniels Fayetteville man is charged with child porn April 1st Grand Opening for Jacob’s Ladder Resale Boutique in Georgetown Talent Show auditions at Gaslight Theatre Nine indicted by county grand jury Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial Wall visit coming next May to BC Fairgrounds In it to win it! Bronco wrestlers end season on successful note Eastern’s Hopkins finishes 5th in long jump at OATCCC State Indoor Track and Field Meet SBAAC awards academic all-stars, winning teams Marvin D Atkin Beverly S Flatt Jessie M Sanders Leroy Deck Sr Jody A Towler Sherman E Young Kenneth C Burton Varnau’s face second defamation suit Attorney General to visit Georgetown schools Clermont County GOP hosts Wenstrup, DeWine at dinner Fatal car crash in Adams County BC Chamber welcomes new Cricket Wireless store to Mt. Orab Aberdeen Council approves 2017 budget Royce K Zimmerman Lady Warriors advance to Elite 8 SBAAC awards boys basketball all-stars SBAAC girls basketball all-stars take home awards SHAC Winter Sports Awards Banquet set for March 12 Altman claims 170-pound district title Sirkka L Buller Arthur C Schneider Lowell G Neal Virginia M Schirmer Connie S Darling Harold L Purdin Terry E Frye Lucille Schumacher Lady Warriors roll to district finals Broncos take care of business to claim sectional crown G-Men upset MVCA to earn berth sectional finals WBHS JROTC Rifle Team competes at Camp Perry Lady Rockets finish 12-12 Season reaches end for Rockets Eugene D Ring Two indicted on major drug charges Two charged with home invasion Cincinnati airport expanding services, lowering prices in effort to compete Two sentenced in common pleas court Georgetown man hurt in car crash Robert G Miller Linda M Howland Robert E McKinney Mildred J Hodges Farrel L Amiott Patricia Brown Rick L Dye Mary E Nagel Betty Ratliff Broncos claim SBAAC wrestling title Broncos pull ahead for win over G-Men in SBAAC Tourney Ripley boys wrap up regular season with win at Lynchburg Eastern girls are sectional champs Anderson pleads not guilty to battery charge Some county offices to change locations Fayetteville prepares for Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall HealthSource hosts Chamber of Commerce meeting Five sentenced in Brown County Common Pleas Court June Howser Marguerite A Fender Timothy D Harris Jay R Purdy Robin S Godwin Marc A Wachter Chester W Eyre Warriors blast past the G-Men, 61-40 Rockets performing well heading into post-season tournament play Lady Warriors bring home the Gold with perfect 13-0 finish in SHAC Western Brown Junior High wrestling team wraps up successful season Rockets fall victim to ‘Pack’ attack Broncos suffer heartbreaking loss to Mentor Lake Catholic in state quarterfinals Adult Education Center coming to county ‘Senior Playground’ moving forward at Georgetown park Brown County 4-H kicks off another year Eastern Middle School celebrates “Kindness Week” Billie L Shoemaker

BOE undergoes reorganization

There’s been a shake up at the Brown County Board of Elections.

During a special meeting on Wednesday, September 23, Moriah Votel, a Republican, stepped down as chairwoman of the Board of Elections as Democrat Jo Ann Kattine took her place, which was all part of a reorganization of the board in order to hire a new director. Former Deputy Director Connie Ayers agreed to take over as director, and Kelly Fussnecker Moran, a Democrat, was hired to be the new deputy director.

“We met and the board reorganized,” Votel said. “So that meant that the chairwoman of the board would be a Democrat and the director would be Republican and the deputy director would be a Democrat. By statute we must have a director of the Board of Elections and we were concerned (that it was vacant for so long). We needed to get a director in there and have a fully functioning staff for the November Election.”

The decision to move forward in this manner was unanimous, according to Votel and Democratic board member Dallas Hurt.

Ayers was asked by the board during the meeting if she’d accept a promotion to be director, and she agreed. Later, the board agreed unanimously to hire Moran. Moran won out over Tim McKeown, Margery Paeltz, Steve Tripplet, and Kathy Jones, in that order, according to Hurt.

“I have been painted as obstructionist by certain parties just because I have had a different opinion than that of Mrs. Kattine on how to move forward,” Hurt said in a statement following the meeting. “I am in complete agreement with her election as Chair of the Board. This was the first significant Board of Elections meeting that I have attended since being thrown into a totally dysfunctional Board situation by appointment to fill Ralph Quallen”s vacant seat on February 20, 2015 that was peaceful, without tension and rancor. Today we discussed, analyzed and voted in agreement on every vote. The agitation of back party interference was not felt at the table. That is a positive sign.”

Kattine said that she was more than willing to accept becoming the new chairwoman of the Board of Elections, on the condition that the board leaves the day-to-day work to the employees in the office, instead of coming in and working during the week, as has been done recently with no director around.

“I was not expecting any of this,” Kattine said. “I will gladly accept it with the understanding that the employees run the office. We’re there only to advise and assist.”

On September 11, the Board of Elections approved a motion to offer former Board of Elections employee Joellyn Waits a part-time position at $18 per hour to help the board employees, nearly all of whom are either brand new to elections work or are inexperienced.

Ayers, as the new director, becomes the most experienced person in the office with three years under her belt. Votel expects that the Ohio Secretary of State’s office will continue to be in contact with Brown County to ensure they’re meeting deadlines, but the board was confident in Ayers abilities to keep things in control.

“My ambition is the same as it’s been,” Ayers said. “I want a good election for the citizens of the county and I want them to have faith in our board of elections. We’re going to do that. I want to have a good team to work together in the office, and I want everyone to know that we’re going to do that for them, and we’ll work together.”

After weeks and even months of strife within the Board of Elections, leading to the resignation of former Director Kathy Jones and former Deputy Director Elizabeth Thorn-McKenzie, Votel said that her decision to step down as chair of the board was necessary for the board to stabilize less than two months prior to an election.

“The reorganization is a big deal,” Votel said. “I really feel that this is what needed to happen to get the most experienced person in the director’s position and stepping down as chair was what I needed to do to ensure the integrity of the elections process.”

October 5 is the final day for voter registration for the November 3 general election. One day later, the Board of Elections begins processing absentee ballots from people not including uniformed and overseas citizens.

The Board of Elections underwent a reorganization on September 23, with Jo Ann Kattine taking over as Chairwoman of the Board of Elections and Connie Ayers taking over as director.
http://newsdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_BOESept111.jpgThe Board of Elections underwent a reorganization on September 23, with Jo Ann Kattine taking over as Chairwoman of the Board of Elections and Connie Ayers taking over as director.

By Daniel Karell

dkarell@civitasmedia.com

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