JEFFERSON - - With Election Day one month away, Ashtabula County continues to work to ensure a problem-free primary, said Richard Hornstein, Board of Elections director.

This week, the election board received direction from Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner on voter identification regulations in place for the May election. The guidelines also spell out the ground rules for absentee and provisional ballots.

County board officials are beginning to study Bruner's report, Hornstein said. "We're going over them," he said Friday.

A relatively lean May primary will help the board ramp up for a much busier general election in November. A handful of local issues and a few candidate races will occupy voters and vote-counters next month, Hornstein said.

"We've already received 21 absentee ballots," he said with a laugh.

Poll workers will receive refresher training this month at sessions to be held in Ashtabula and Jefferson, Hornstein said. "We continually train," he said.

In November, problems occurred with some of the special tabulator machines available to disabled voters. The machines were part of the $1 million package of voting machines put in place last year to comply with state law.

Officials from Election Systems and Software, which provided the machines, recent examined the tabulation and corrected the glitches, Hornstein said. "Everything's working fine," he said.

- - MARK TODD - Staff Writer

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