Two months later, Stark County has yet to replace its aging voting equipment while May primaries loom. The all-GOP board of commissioners has fielded an unprecedented deluge of upset callers and spent a recent meeting peppering election staff with doubts and questions. Matthews says officials could go to court to push commissioners to make the purchase.

A former Trump campaign strategist’s video urging people to “warn” Stark County authorities against moving ahead just fueled a new round of complaints, Matthews said, many of them from out of state…

“You’re going with the one with the cloud right now, okay, over its head,” one Stark County commissioner said at a meeting last week about the planned purchase. ”How can you as a board of elections, choosing Dominion with the cloud — how can you convince [voters] that this is going to be as valid as you can get an election, they’ll all be counted?”

Matthews lamented commissioners’ focus on “clearly debunked” claims.