MIAMI COUNTY — The Executive Committee of the Miami County Republican Party has recommended Piqua resident Ryan King to take the Republican seat of board member Bob Huffman on the Miami County Board of Elections, who is leaving the board after serving on it for 10 years.
“Bob Huffman has spent countless hours representing Miami County on the Board of Elections,” chairman Bud O’Brien said in a press release. “His vigilant service to hold fair and efficient elections in Miami County is appreciated by this party and the citizens of this county. I want to thank Bob for his service and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
King, owner of Can’t Stop Running in downtown Piqua, was unanimously elected by the Republican Committee to fill Huffman’s seat.
“I have known Ryan King for a number of years,” O’Brien said. “He is a devoted family man and a high quality person who has a passion to serve his community. He has been a frequent volunteer in Piqua on various boards and organizations with a commitment to improving the quality of life in his community.”
King graduated from Piqua High School in 2000. Before opening Can’t Stop Running Co. in September 2013, King worked also worked at Hemm’s Glass Shop and Thrivent Financial.
King has also previously served as a central committee precinct chairman and was the chairman of the 2010 Miami County Republican Convention held at Milton-Union High School. King was named the 2010 Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce Board Chairperson and has also received the Pride in Workmanship Award from the Piqua Rotary Club.
“Ryan’s qualifications are impeccable,” O’Brien said. “He will use his experience as a small business owner and dedicated volunteer to be an asset to the Board of Elections. He has our full faith and confidence.”
“I want to thank the Miami County Republican Party for their confidence in my ability to represent them on the Board of Elections,” King said after his election. “I will work hard on this board to conduct fair elections for the citizens of Miami County. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
King’s appointment to the board will begin on March 1, and his term will last three years.
In other news:
The Miami County Board of Elections met Thursday afternoon after absentee and early voting for the March 15 Presidential Primary election began Wednesday. The ongoing issues with the office’s voter registration system appear to have been fixed for the time being.
“It was a configuration issue … it is resolved,” Brett Rapp, president of Triad, said.
The voter registration system is now working correctly on all of the computers within the board’s office and has been doing so for at least the past two days.
At the board’s previous meeting, the board received a cost quote for a new voter registration system from a different company. The system comes from Data Information Management Systems, LLC (DIMS), a privately held company associated with Elections Systems and Software, and it is called Dims-NeT, or New Election Technology by DIMS. The cost for the first year of getting the software is approximately $55,000. Over five years, licensing fees will add up to approximately $204,156.
Director Bev Kendall explained that, after speaking with different counties about that software and their service, they have heard “mixed reviews.”
“There’s only one person in Ohio that services their accounts,” Kendall said. “Some people say it’s great service … It’s really about half and half.”
Kendall also added that the different counties told her that the licensing fees they pay to ES&S go up 3 percent every year after five years of purchase.
The board decided to hold off until the upcoming March election to make a decision on their voter registration system.
Also on the board’s agenda, they discussed the 20 voting machines they sent back to their vendor Dominion to have fixed. Deputy director Eric Morgan stated that Dominion is having an issue unlocking the machines and they are requesting that board of elections office send Dominion the central administration card to unlock the machines. Morgan stated that they do not have that card and they have never needed it before to have those machines unlocked.
“They can unlock them, but it’s $175 a machine,” Morgan said.
That cost is also not covered by the warranty.
The board’s office has approximately 30 extra working voting machines, so the board decided to wait on making a decision about those 20 machines in question.
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