Panel to deal with Ohio county's election issues

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) has appointed a bipartisan committee to deal with a troubled elections office in a northwest Ohio county and make sure it is ready for the primary contests in May.

The (Toledo) Blade (http://bit.ly/1hbMJ1e ) reports that Husted issued a directive on Monday to create a "transparency" group to look into elections operations in Lucas County and ensure an "open and effective" process.

The committee is expected to meet for the first time Wednesday at the Lucas County Board of Elections.

The directive follows claims about misuse of taxpayer dollars, failure to follow proper election procedures, and showing favoritism toward Democrats.

The allegations followed the March 4 removal of Meghan Gallagher as elections director in a 3-1 vote by the elections board.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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