The county board fired Elections Director Beverly Kendall and said the votes did not change outcomes of any election. The votes were cast by people who voted early on touch-screen machines in the elections office.
Miami County hired Laura Bruns as the new elections director, and LaRose said she works well with Deputy Director Ian Ridgeway.
Dave Fisher, chairman of the elections board, said, “This is a great day for the Miami County Board of Elections. Our staff and board have worked tirelessly to get to this point.”
Fisher thanked LaRose and his staff, plus Miami County Prosecutor Tony Kendell and his office for their efforts.
“I am proud of the teamwork of the board, staff, Secretary of State staff, and prosecutor’s office pulling on the same rope to regain the confidence of the voters,” Fisher said.
MORE: Fired Miami County elections director sues to get back pay, job
LaRose’s administrative oversight included requirements for the Miami County board to:
• Participate in weekly conference calls with the state elections division.
• Agree to provide status reports to the state on election preparation.
• Partner with the state to develop new policies and an updated Election Administration Plan.
• Administer two elections — the May 7, 2019 Primary-Special Election and the November 5, 2019 General Election — both of which were conducted successfully and accurately.
The board purchased new voting equipment and thoroughly trained precinct officials on it, LaRose said. It also conducted a post-election audit after the May primary.
FIRST REPORT: Investigation finds thousands of ballots went uncounted