Confusion over the electric aggregation votes in Fulton County during the May 4 primary election has resulted in a change in the final tallies, but not the overall outcome, according to Kathy Meyer, director of the Fulton County Board of Elections.
Electricity aggregation is a plan where political subdivisions, such as the Village of Archbold and Fulton County, asked voters to name them as bargaining agents, to negotiate for discounted electric generation service.
Archbold, Fayette, Swanton, Wauseon, and Fulton County made deals with First Energy Solutions.
The agreements provide discounts on electrical bills for residential and small business customers.
All of the aggregation questions in the county were approved.
But voters in the communities who were voting on their own aggregation questions, also found themselves casting ballots on electric aggregation for unincorporated areas of Fulton County.
Meyer said the Fulton County Commissioners placed the aggregation issue on the ballot at the last minute.
Meyer said she contacted Vond Hall, county administrator, about the exact wording of the ballot, but she said Hall wasn’t sure.
In the end, Meyer said since the resolution sent by the county commissioner said “countywide,” the question was placed before all Fulton County voters, whether they were in a community with aggregation on the ballot or not.
After the ballots were counted and questions about the vote came in, Meyer said she referred the matter to the Ohio Secretary of State office.
Two to three days later, Meyer said state officials told her to drop precincts voting in incorporated areas that were voting on aggregation from the final count.
The change in the count does not affect passage of the aggregation questions.– David Pugh