BOE films petition filingsWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE) had a video camera running all day Feb.18, the deadline for May primary petitions.
Linda Howe, BOE director, said the camera tri-pod was set up in the morning to film the entire day, with switching of tapes periodically.
“I heard all kinds of things that happened in 2008 before I was here. People feeling mistreated. This way, if someone felt they were mistreated, it would be on camera,” she said.
The camera would also help Howe, who isn’t up front all the time, review BOE procedure on deadline day and see if anything can be done more efficiently, she said.
“The tapes weren’t against anyone in particular. It was a peaceful and orderly day,” Howe said.
A state trooper, who is normally on duty inside Government Center, was upstairs at 4 p.m. making sure there were no problems with people trying to file petitions after the deadline. People in line before 4 p.m. were allowed to stay inside and finish turning in their petitions, but no one else was allowed in after that, Howe said.
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