More cameras, new gate part of new Wood County election guarantees | News

More election guarantees are coming to Wood County.

Wood County Commissioners approved spending $9,810 for more cameras, broken glass and a new door for the Wood County Board of Elections.

Terry Burton and Julie Baumgardner, co-directors of the board of elections, asked the commissioners for the money. They said they were following additional guidance from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.

Burton said a security review was completed by the state office in 2020. This was followed by a meeting with Michael Buehrer with the secretary of state’s office.

“We went through it and felt we met the criteria at the time. He’s just a little more rigorous,” Burton said. “We really thought we were ready enough. But those are his recommendations, and ultimately, as the office of the secretary of state, he makes the final interpretation.

Additional recommendations relate to a camera and a broken glass where ballots are kept, Baumgardner said.

Two keypads, one door contact, one motion detector, four glass break detectors, three cameras and three camera licenses, with installation, will cost $6,680 through Habitec Security, Toledo.

A door is also needed between the break room and the room where the voting machines are, Baumgardner said.

“These need to be secure, and they need to be secured by a two-lock system,” she said.

The commissioners received two quotes. A security gate with a steel finish costs $3,130. A rolling grille door that would be lowered costs $8,185. Both quotes are from Northwood Door.

The cheapest sliding door has been agreed.

“I’m in favor of it, it looks like we have no choice,” Commissioner Craig LaHote said.

“It will have to be done,” said commissioner Doris Herringshaw.

Carri Stanley, Wood County deputy administrator, said the money will come from capital improvements or another source, such as equipment.

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