- Associated Press - Thursday, September 1, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The state Board of Elections has fired its executive director, who had been suspended twice this year.

The board voted 4-2 to fire Robert Kando on Wednesday, just about two weeks before Rhode Island’s Sept. 13 primary.

Kando declined to comment after the vote. His lawyer says he and Kando are reviewing legal options.

Kando was hired in 2005, despite allegations he did not meet the minimum qualifications for executive director.

He was suspended for 15 days in January and ordered to take management classes after several complaints by board members and disciplinary votes. He was suspended for another 30 days after he failed to sign up for the classes.

Board officials say state Elections Director Bob Rapoza will temporarily take over for Kando until a permanent replacement is found.

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