Created on Thursday, 19 September 2013 Written by NATE SMITH
CORRECTION: There are 144 candidates running for various local offices on Nov. 5. Incorrect information appeared in Thursday’s Examiner.
Logan County Board of Elections members today at a regular meeting approved four polling place coordinators to assist voters casting ballots at unfamiliar polling places on Nov. 5.
Because of consolidations in precincts and polling locations, the elections board will staff two coordinators near the door at the former Southeastern Elementary School located at 613 Hamilton St. — now known as Union Station — to help direct voters to their proper precinct.
Union Station now hosts the First, Third and Fourth ward voters as well as voters in Lake Township.
A meet-and-greet coordinator will also be staffed at the entrance of the Tri-Valley Fire Department, 2793 Sandusky St., Zanesfield, to assist voters in Jefferson Township.
An extra staff person will be present to assist voters at Indian Lake Community Church Fellowship Hall, 120 S. Orchard Island Road, Russells Point. That location hosts Stokes Southeast beginning with the upcoming election.
Those additions in staff will be for this election only, according to board members.
Hours for absentee voting were also approved. Absentee voting for the general public begins statewide Oct. 1. Logan County voters may vote absentee at the board of elections from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1.
Ballots have been laid out and ordered, staff report. There are 144 total candidates and 22 county-wide issues. A total of 16,630 ballots were ordered. That’s about 5 percent more than the previous off-year election in 2009, office staff said.
The elections board was made aware that two candidates for village offices are no longer interested in running. Jon Duke, Belle Center Village Council, and Jessica Crum, Rushsylvania Board of Public Affairs, sent the board of elections letters notifying them of their intent to withdraw.
Mr. Duke cited further education, and Ms. Crum personal reasons as their reasons to withdraw.
The candidates’ names still will be on the ballot, however, because they missed a mandated window to drop out. Elections staff will post signs alerting voters to their withdrawal.
Machine testing of the ballots will be Oct. 9. The next regular board of elections meeting is Oct. 17.