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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Warren County Lockdown Planned in Advance

Remember the Warren County lockdown? They had to count the votes in secret due to an (imagined) terror threat. Well, it turns out it was all mapped out in advance.

County Commissioner Pat South has said the decision to lock the doors election night was made during an Oct. 28 closed-door meeting (the Thursday before Election Day). But in e-mailed memos dated Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 - released Monday after an Enquirer public records request - other county officials were already detailing the security measures, down to the wording of signs that would be posted on the locked doors.

"I don't think there's a discrepancy," Emergency Services Director Frank Young said Monday of the e-mail conversation with Building Services Director Jake Jones. "Part of that is the planning process."