Insurance to cover loss of voting machines in Stark County

By Nancy Molnar
Special to the Beacon Journal

CANTON: Stark County will not have to pay out-of-pocket costs for damage from an April 10 roof collapse at the downtown Board of Elections warehouse.

County Administrator Brant Luther said Wednesday the county’s insurance carrier will not require the payment of a $10,000 deductible before covering losses that occurred during a heavy downpour.

He described the policy provision as a “disappearing deductible” that takes effect when anticipated damage is 10 times the deductible amount.

The insurer, Selective Insurance Co. of America, of Branchville, N.J., has promised to cover the cost of renting electronic voting machines for the May 7 primary election, Luther said.

County commissioners on Wednesday approved a rental contract with Dominion Voting Systems of Denver for 1,000 units at $250 each.

The 1,400 voting machines exposed to moisture have been taken to the Cohen-Joliet building on Regent Avenue Northeast to dry, Commissioner Thomas Bernabei said.

Some eventually might be usable if they are tested and certified by the manufacturer, Luther said.

Due to expected low voter turnout, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has authorized the county to use fewer than the approximately 1,300 voting machines that would ordinarily have been deployed, Board of Elections member Deametrious St. John said.

In other action Wednesday, commissioners approved payment of $9,176 in legal fees to Roetzel & Andress. The firm’s Columbus office is defending Sheriff George Maier in a lawsuit brought by former sheriff Timothy Swanson, who alleges Maier is not qualified for the job.

Nancy Molnar can be reached at nancymolnar2002@yahoo.com.


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