State and local officials call for probe into Hamilton County's voting problems

Hamilton County Election Issues (VIDEO)

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County elections officials say they want to know what caused yesterday's balloting problems more than anyone else.

State and county leaders are calling for a scrupulous review of Hamilton County's balloting process because in the words of one local political analyst, Hamilton County doesn't want to be on the lips of every American the day after the next election.

Despite complaints and criticism from voters elections board member Chip Gerhardt says Hamilton County is not a laughing stock.

"No I don't think so. We implemented new technology for yesterday's election, the e-poll books and since it was the first time we expected that there would be some glitches and there were," Gerhardt.

That excuse doesn't sit well with State Representative Alicia Reece.

"If it was a computer glitch - something with that vendor - the taxpayers deserve a refund," Reece.

Reece and State Senator Cecil Thomas say the taxpayers also deserve some answers. Reece says they want a thorough probe.

"We want an investigation from the Secretary of State's office. We want hearings - statewide hearings to be held in Hamilton County," Reece.

Sherry Poland, Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, says steps will be taken to address the problems.

"We're going to do a very thorough review of the process to see what happened," Poland.

Elections Board member Tim Burke says the investigation will be painstaking.

"None of us here at the Board of Elections were satisfied with what happened yesterday and we're all committed to making sure it doesn't happen again. We're going to take some time, identify what the problems were, what caused those problems and see that they get corrected," Burke said.

Secretary of State John Husted's office tells says no other county in Ohio had the problems of the size and scope of Hamilton County's. He added they need to get to the bottom of it.

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