Board of Elections Announces Changes

by Kelly Choate on June 22, 2012 at 7:18 am

Voters heading to the polls this November can expect to see some changes.

The Secretary of State announced last week that there will be a statewide absentee ballot application mailing to all registered voters.  Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill said this process will help shorten the lines on Election Day.

"This will be done in two mailings," said Hamill.  "The first mailing will be done for all voters who are registered by July 30th.  That mailing will go out to those voters sometime around Labor Day.  The second set will be done after July 30th.  Those voters who register after that will receive an application for an absentee ballot right around the first part of October."

Hamill said it’s important for voters to update their registration and account for name and address changes.  Muskingum County is also decreasing its number of precincts from 74 to 68.

"For the 2010 census, the city of Zanesville had to redraw their ward boundary lines," said Hamill.  "That made the Board of Elections have to redraw their precinct boundary lines to coordinate with the city lines."

Next week the Board of Elections will be mailing about 10,000 letters to inform registered voters of their precinct location.