Following a Supreme Court Ruling Monday, the Secretary of State issued a directive stating a change in the dates and hours of early voting for the November 4th General Elections.
Voters had been slated to cast an early ballot beginning Tuesday, but the directive changed the voting to October 7th. Chris Hamill Director of the Muskingum County Board of Elections detailed the change.
Tthat's the new start date. The hours did change. Our new hours are from 8-5"said Hamill.
Ohio's early voting has been a hot topic since federal Judge Peter Economus ordered the state to extend its early voting days
After much deliberation the time frame for early voting has been finalized. The directive came down from the Secretary of State's office on September 12. You can cast your vote as early as September 30. We spoke with the director of the Muskingum County Board of Elections, Chris Hamill, about the early voting period.
Early voting made its Ohio debut in 2008, but according to a recent report, the extra days have not resulted in more ballots being cast.
Turnout statewide in 2008 was just one percent higher than in 2004 when there was no early voting. In 2012, the year when Ohioans arguably had the most access to early voting, turnout was actually lower than in 2004. Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill said the change also hasn't seemed to boost turnout locally.
Members of the Muskingum County Board of Elections were sworn in Monday afternoon.
Muskingum County Judge Eric Martin swore in two new board members, Karen Vincent and Charles Klein, along with Muskingum County Board of Elections Director, Chris Hamill, and Deputy Director Teresa Howell.
"There's four board members and they are voted in a two year cycle," Hamill explained. "So there's one Republican and one Democrat voted, appointed back in and two years after that...
Muskingum County Board of Elections Director, Chris Hamill, says those interested in running in the May 6 primary, need to get their papers into the board of elections by Feb. 5. Interested candidates can pick up petition forms up at their Seventh Street location.
"They'll have to come in and pick up petitions," said Hamill. "They'll circulate the petition and bring it back to our office."
Hamill says in the judges races, there are three...
If you're a registered voter and plan on voting early, you have until Friday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. to cast your ballots before the general election. Muskingum County Board of Elections Director Chris Hamill said registered voters can stop by the Board of Elections to vote Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have recently moved, you should also notify them of the change.
"If a person who has a change of address needs to come in...
The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the deadline to register to vote.
The Muskingum County Board of Elections has special hours Monday and will remain open until 9.
"Today is the last day if you are not registered to vote” says Director of the Board of Elections, Chris Hamill. “You must be registered in the state of Ohio and we are open until 9 pm tonight for you to come in and register to vote."