Sarantou & local GOP question provisional ballot processWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
George Sarantou, candidate for Lucas County Commissioner, and Jon Stainbrook, Lucas County Republican Party Chairman filed several information requests with the Lucas County Board of Elections (BOE) regarding the handling of provisional ballots in the November 2010 election.
Sarantou, who was named commissioner, lost yesterday to Democrat Carol Contrada by 191 votes after provisional ballots were counted.
Stainbrook and Sarantou filed asking for information on policy and procedures for determining the eligibility of provisional ballots, a breakdown of machine, absentee and provisional voters at each precincts and a copy of the BOE minutes for the meeting determining eligibility of provisional voters.
“The bottom line is we need to determine if the Lucas County Board of Elections had in place proper criteria for handling provisional ballots, and to further determine if a policy on handling provisional ballots even existed,” Stainbrook said in a press release. “We need to make sure that due diligence was used in processing provisional ballots, and that the same standard was applied to each Lucas County voter.”
Both Sarantou and Stainbrook said they were concerned about how the number of provisional ballots grew form roughly 2,300 election night to more than 4,500 last week.
The BOE will begin recounting votes next week.
Sarantou could not initially be reached for comment. On Nov. 24, Sarantou echoed Stainbrook’s statements made in the press release. Sarantou told Toledo Free Press that he wanted to make sure the proper procedure was followed by the BOE when handling provisional ballots. Sarantou said he was told a different number of provisional ballots on three separate occasions and wants to make sure everything was handled correctly.