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Civility at Lucas Co. Board of Elections with new oversight

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TOLEDO, Ohio - With extra eyes watching and jobs dangling in the air, the Lucas County Board of Elections went back to work Wednesday. 

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Jon Husted assigned two former, independent judges to keep an eye on the board.  After all the finger pointing, arguments and confrontation that's happened at the BOE in the last few weeks, Wednesday’s meeting was full of civility.

That may have had to do with the oversight of former judges Charles Wittenberg and Peter Handwork.  They were assigned by Secretary Husted to oversee the certification of the election earlier in May. 

After the all the dysfunction on that election night and the problems in the past, the Secretary of State recommended the termination of three board members, the director and deputy director. 

So 13abc asked the judged how they fit in with those possible firings and a vote that need to be certify.

“Just to guarantee they do bring civility and the ability to work together despite the fact that they may lose their jobs.  They still have a sworn duty and it’s our hope that that’s what intend to do, to carry out that duty,” said Handwork. 

“I know the people on the board.  I feel they will do their job regardless of what’s happening,” said Wittenberg. 

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