November 7, 2012
The Delaware County GOP is working to fill a vacancy on the Delaware County Board of Elections.
Teri Morgan, a former county party chair, resigned her seat on the elections board last week after she accepted a communications position working for the Delaware County commissioners.
The county commissioners provide funding for the board of elections, and Morgan gave up her seat to avoid a conflict of interest as a condition of her employment.
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, will actually appoint Morgan’s replacement, but will do so at the recommendation of the local GOP.
The Delaware County Republican Party Executive Committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday to choose a nominee, said committee chair Shawn Stevens. A replacement must be in place by July 13 under a legal deadline.
The party has received interest from “several people,” said Stevens. When asked, he declined to name them.
The executive committee is looking for someone with management experience, Stevens said. And while being a board of elections member is not an overly partisan position, the party wants a loyal Republican who understands the political process.
The committee wants someone who will work well with Democrats and independents, but also someone “who will ensure the interests of the Republican Party aren’t being pushed aside,” Stevens said.
The board’s four seats must be split among the two largest political parties in the county, which effectively means it is comprised of two Democrats and two Republicans. The board of elections is responsible to certify election results, approve election-related paperwork, determine whether candidates are eligible and generally to uphold the integrity of local elections.
The Ohio Secretary of State casts the deciding vote in the event of a tie. However, the Delaware County Board of Elections has been historically a paragon of bipartisan cooperation; nearly all of the votes are unanimous.
The board hires and supervises the elections board’s director and deputy director, one of whom is a Republican, another of whom is a Democrat, who perform all of the day-to-day work.