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Local voting goes smoothly for most

Emil Whitis • Nov 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Among them:

• A Sandusky man wandered into the Ebenezer Baptist Church at about 7 p.m. to vote. When poll workers told him he was at the wrong place, the man got loud and caused a scene, police said.  

Workers called police, who escorted the man from the church to the correct location. No one was injured.

“We didn't have to arrest him,” Sandusky police Sgt. Scott Dahlgren said. “He was just confused.”

Poll workers at Faith Baptist Church were forced to open a ballot box at about 3:30 p.m. after a ballot got stuck in a ballot scanner. Erie County Board of Elections director Jen Ferback said the ballot was scanned, but it got stuck before dropping into the ballot box. The jam set off a beeping noise and blocked other ballots from being scanned. Workers had no choice but to open the box.

“(The technician) did everything by the book,” Ferback said. “A person affiliated with the opposite (political) party watched as the technician opened the ballot box and freed the ballot. It was done right out in the open for everybody to see.”

The ballot was counted, the problem was fixed and voting resumed, Ferback said, adding that opening a ballot box for technical issues is allowed under law.

• An 18-year-old Edison High senior found out she wasn’t registered to vote Tuesday.

Jacklynn Nottke said she filled out a registration card the previous year and turned it over to a Edison High teacher, who told her he sent it to the board of elections.

When Nottke’s mother, Debbie Nottke, went to vote early Tuesday morning, poll workers told her Jacklyn wasn’t registered.

“(The teacher) basically told us to fill them out and he’d take care of everything else, so that’s what I expected,” Jacklynn said. “He screwed me out of the election — the most important election in a long time.”

Edison High principal Jeff Goodwin said no faculty member had recently taken registration forms from students.

“Teachers explained the process,” Goodwin said. “At no point this year did we collect voter registration cards from students. And even if we would’ve, how do you know the problem wasn’t with the board of elections?”

Goodwin said it was not a school issue and it's up to students to make sure they're registered.


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