Ohio election officials facing ouster get hearing


TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Top election officials in one northern Ohio county have had a chance to make a case for keeping their jobs.

Three members of the Lucas County board of elections in Toledo along with its director are facing being ousted by Ohio's elections.

Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) wants to remove them because he says the board has been plagued by dysfunction.

A former state official appointed by Husted to evaluate the board told the members and director at a hearing Thursday that there was a long list of problems that forced the state to act.

The board has experienced several years of infighting and accusations of wrongdoing. A series of missteps and squabbling earlier this month delayed voting results for hours in the primary election.

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