|Poll worker reportedly turned Lake voters away|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Tuesday, 07 August 2012 23:06|
MILLBURY — Voters at the Lake Township Administration building may have blinked twice or at least shook their heads at sight of the half-naked man casting his vote on Tuesday.
That was high school principal Lee Herman, who was told to take his Lake Flyers shirt off if he wanted to vote.
Lake Board of Education President Tim Krugh said the district had to go to the Ohio Secretary of State for clarification on what people can wear to polling stations.
“We had a poll worker that was not letting people vote with anything with an ‘L’ on it or Lake,” he said. “You can’t campaign inside the polls, but you can certainly can wear clothes and hats.”
After Herman was turned away from the polls — and the ruling was reportedly backed up by the Wood County Board of Elections — Lake officials called a press conference. The secretary of state’s office later issued a ruling, supporting the schools’ stance, Krugh said.
Superintendent Jim Witt said with 150 votes separating the results of the 6.75-mill levy, every vote counts.
“I don’t know how that affected things, if it affected them at all,” he said, adding that it did cause some anxiety.
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