The Muskingum County Board of Elections announced this week that there will not be a May primary this year but instead a special election.
There are no contested races this year but there are three levies voters in 25 precincts will vote on. Director Chris Hamill says issues in the West Muskingum and East Muskingum School Districts top the list.
Chris Hamill, Director for the Board of Elections said, "The West Muskingum School District will be having emergency requirements, it will be 5.9 mils and it will be for five years and it will be an additional. East Muskingum School District will be having an emergency requirements levy and it is a renewal for 1.3 mils for five years. "
The final levy is for the Village of Dresden. Residents will vote on an issue to fund current operating expenses for the police and street departments. Hamill Also says the board recently certified the petitions of candidates who filed ahead of the may primary. The only exception was for Democratic Candidate, Chris Balsley who did not meet requirements.
"He basically did not meet the higher revised code and you are supposed to have 50 valid signatures to run for council at large. If he would run as an independent he would need 58 valid signatures."
The special election will be on May 7th and polls will be open from 6 a.m.. until 7:30 p.m..