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Stark County explores moving elections board out of downtown Canton
A collapsed roof provides the immediate, but not only, impetus
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The Stark County commissioners have declared the Board of Elections building a disaster, and they’re trying to figure out the logistics of relocating elections operations – just 10 days before the May primary. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

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The Stark County commissioners will meet Monday to  figure out how much it would cost to shift the elections board from downtown Canton to the vacant Cohen-Joliet building in the city’s northeast end.

The move comes after an April 10 deluge and a clogged drain collapsed the downtown building’s roof. Stored below that roof were more than a thousand electronic voting machines, which have now been moved to Cohen-Joliet to be dried out and inspected.

None of them will be used in the May 7 primary and the county is renting replacements.

Meanwhile, the back half of the downtown building is largely covered by a massive blue tarp while crews try to figure out if there’s asbestos in the building before they tear off the remainder of the roof.

The county expects its insurance will pay to replace the roof. But it also has been talking about moving the elections board permanently to Cohen-Joliet because it has more parking.

 

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