The November ballot will feature a controversial issue this year.
Director of the Muskingum County Board of Elections Timothy Thompson said that Responsible Ohio’s successful marijuana legalization proposal may increase the amount of voters at the polls this fall.
“It’s going to draw a lot of voters out to the polling locations,” said Thompson. “People are going to have to make a choice concerning what they’re going to do with the marijuana issue. I believe that’s going to cause a larger turn out than normal especially in an off year election.”
The ballot will include candidates Rob Sharrer and Jeff Tilton running for Mayor as well as a property tax increase levy that would be used to construct a new jail for Muskingum County. Thompson said voting on these issues is important for the community’s well being.
“Every vote will count and it’s important that we support our local governments,” said Thompson. “If people are not involved in local government, the local government is not going to work for the people.”
Voter registration is open until Oct. 5 and early voting is available beginning Oct. 6.