Miami County Board of Elections approves, proofs March ballots

Problems with voting registration system continue

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections on Wednesday approved and proofed the ballots for the March 15 local and presidential primary election. The board’s office still has to check with two local individuals on the spelling of their names on the ballot due to forms with conflicting information on them, including Chris Anderson, who is running for Miami County Sheriff and Mary E. Buechter, who is running for Republican Central Committee.

Board members Bob Huffman and Jose Lopez each abstained from approving or proofing themselves and anyone with whom they were related on the ballots.

The board also proofed the local issues appearing on the March 15 ballot, including the following:

• Proposed tax levy for Pleasant Hill to benefit the Village of Pleasant Hill Cemetery, where the levy would be 1 mill for the purpose of operations and maintenance of that cemetery.

• Proposed bond issue for Tipp City Exempted Village School District, where the district will be authorized to issue bonds for the purpose of constructing, improving, furnishing, and equipping a new PK-3 school building, with related site improvements and improvements to existing school facilities in the principal amount of $29,902,961. That amount is to be repaid annually over a maximum period of 37 years and an annual levy of property taxes to be made outside the 10-mill limitation, estimated by the county auditor to average over the repayment period of the bond issue 3.98 mills.

• Proposed renewal tax levy for Troy City School District for the purpose of current expenses at a rate not exceeding 5.8 mills.

• Local liquor option for Precinct Troy 4-C to allow for the sale of beer, wine, mixed beverages to be permitted on Sundays between 10 a.m. and midnight at Kroger, located at 731 W. Market St. in Troy.

Issues with the county’s voter registration system is also continuing. The board’s office has been having trouble while inputting and updating data within their system since late December.

“Every possible configuration has been tried,” Matt Watkins, director of Miami County’s Information Technology Department, said. Watkins updated the board on Tuesday regarding these issues.

When asked, Watkins stated that they are still unaware of what is causing these issues. “There’s been no data that’s been lost,” he said.

Brett Rapp, president of Triad, has been on site this week, attempting to assist the county. Triad is the county’s vendor for their voting registration system.

Rapp described the issue as being when data gets overwritten by a second computer while the board’s office is updating information in their system, an error sometimes comes up on the screen. After that error pops up, the system does not save any of the data that is being recorded after that. The board’s office has to stop while they reconcile that error.

Rapp stated that there has been no corrupted data and that the county has not been hacked as their systems are in an isolated environment. Rapp’s presence in the board’s office is at no extra cost to the county.

Also on the agenda, the board approved an invoice of $11,998 for Triad for annual licensing fee, as well as invoices of $28,168 and $24,814.20 for Dominion Voting Systems, their vendor for their electronic voting machines, for annual licensing and warranty fees.

The board also approved their Rotary contract of approximately $10,598, which is the same for each election. The board’s approval of that contract is subject to the prosecutor’s approval.

Problems with voting registration system continue

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall