Signs at polling locations in Summit County incorrectly say candidate dropped out

Posted: 11:24 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 17:11:04Z

Posted signs in at least four polling locations in Summit County incorrectly said a candidate dropped out of a race, News 5's media partner at the Akron Beacon Journal reported Tuesday.

The sign said council candidate Bethany McKenney had dropped out of the race.

Despite the sign issue, preliminary results from Tuesday's election showed McKenney won the District 7 council seat with 11,468 votes to incumbent Michael Soyars, a Democrat, with 9,814 votes, the Akron Beacon Journal reported.

The Board of Elections was made aware of the signs shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday and ordered all polling locations to be checked for the signs.

An error like this could lead a candidate to contest the results, Director of the Board of Elections Joe Masich, told the journal.

"It doesn't appear this was malicious," Masich said.

McKenney told the journal that she has no idea how many votes the signs cost her candidacy.