Miami County Board of Elections certifies June 7 special election

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections certified the June 7 special election during a meeting Monday morning.

The special election was held to fill the vacancy created when former Rep. John Boehner unexpectedly announced his resignation last fall. There were no other races on the ballot. Republican Warren Davidson was elected to head to Washington D.C. to finish out the remainder of Boehner’s term in Congress.

Davidson, an Army veteran and Troy businessman, won nearly 85 percent of the vote with 4,896 votes. He is the first Miami County resident to represent the district and the first new representative since Boehner took office in 1991.

James J. Condit Jr. received 2.2 percent of the vote, or 127 votes. Corey Foister received 12.92 percent of the vote, or 745 votes.

During the board’s meeting, they rejected one provisional ballot due to the individual’s voter registration being cancelled. The board then approved four additional provisional ballots.

Only approximately 7 percent of registered voters in Miami County voted in the June 7 special election.

Also during the meeting, the board approved purchasing refurbished batteries for the county’s voting machines in order to comply with a directive from the Ohio Secretary of State. The directive instructed all county boards of elections to test the batteries of their voting machines and replace any batteries in which the machine was not able to last two hours on a fully charged battery.

Deputy Director Eric Morgan stated that out of 200 batteries tested so far, only five passed the test.

“Even with the ones that did pass, they barely have made it,” Morgan said.

Director Bev Kendall and Morgan requested to forego the testing, and instead, simply replace each battery. New batteries for the voting machines cost around $100 each, but refurbished ones cost around $10 each. Both new and refurbished batteries each come with a one-year warranty.

The board approved discontinuing the testing of the old batteries, replacing 400 batteries with refurbished ones, and testing around 40 of the new batteries when the board’s office receives them. The cost is expected be around $4,000, but the board did not discuss any formal purchase orders.

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336. Cecilia Fox contributed to this story.

Reach Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336. Cecilia Fox contributed to this story.