A call to action by Look Ahead America Executive Director Matt Braynard in early February may have helped change the minds of the Stark County, Ohio Board of Commissioners (BOC) about the purchase of new voting machines. On March 11, Dominion Voting Systems (DVS) lost the sale of more than 1400 machines, despite the fact that it was the recommended vendor for elections there.
Look Ahead America was formed in response to the 2020 election because “millions of rural and blue-collar patriotic Americans [were feeling] disaffected and disenfranchised from the nation’s corridors of power.” The mission of the organization is to “register, educate, and enfranchise these disaffected citizens and ensure that their voices are not just heard but heeded and that the American Dream becomes their dream again.” Election integrity is one of their top priorities.
Notably, the BOC resolution language actually states an “approval of the recommendation of the Stark County Board of Elections (BOE) to acquire” the Dominion machines. However, commissioners Regula, Creighton, and Smith voted “NO.”
Vote No/Board of Commissioners
The Stark County BOE had been reviewing electronic voting systems since 2018 in response to being awarded over $3 million in state-appropriated funds for updated voting machines. The state would cover $3.27 million, the county would get a trade-in credit on old voting machines of $1.71 million, and the cost to the county taxpayers would be about $1.5 million. The total cost of the equipment is $6.45 million. The BOE evaluated machines from DVS and Elections Systems & Software (ES&S). The new electronic voting system will replace the aging Diebold system.
The review began as a joint process between the BOE and the Board of Commissioners.