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Board approves election audit

LISBON — The audit of county’s General Election results showed the machines accurately counted the votes.

Staff at the Columbiana County Board of Elections counted by hand 5 percent of the votes from the election, about 740 votes, and from three precincts in the St. Clair and Sprucevale areas. The races checked were from the Beaver Local School Board, the Educational Service Center and the St. Clair Township trustees race.

All the handcounted votes tabulated exactly with what the new election scanners found after the counting of absentee, provisional and election day ballots.

The results of the audit were certified by the Board of Elections during a brief meeting on Wednesday. The board does not plan to meet again until after the new year.

The only other business was the purchase of chairs for the office. After learning about the various prices collected by Director Kim Fusco and discussing the matter, the board voted to purchase 11 chairs at a price of $222 from MacMillan Office Supply in Salem.

President David Johnson and other members of the board determined the board wanted to go with a local company if possible and although MacMillan’s price was a bit higher than one of the other quotes, the Salem company’s price also included delivering the chairs already assembled.

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