DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The polling location manager of a Dayton polling place was removed from the polling location Tuesday for not following official protocol, said Jan Kelley, Director of the Board of Elections.
Stephen Marcum was ordered to disconnect two electronic “books.” The disconnect rebooting process to make the machines go faster — almost like a reset, Kelly said.
Marcum refused to follow that order, Kelly said. The Board of Elections called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office to have Marcum removed from Thurgood Marshall.
Wednesday, Kelly said Marcum was fired from his job at the Board of Elections but kept returning to polling locations and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was forced to remove him.
2 NEWS was there when Marcum was removed by deputies.
Officials have had issues with Marcum in the past but would not elaborate further Tuesday, saying there should be no impact to voters.
When asked about the security of the votes, or confidence in the vote count, Kelly said the incident would have no direct impact on voters.
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