Absentee ballots now available

ST. CLAIRSVILLE While the November election is still more than a month away, those interested in getting an early jump on the voting festivities are now able to do so.

During Monday’s meeting of the Belmont County Board of Elections, it was announced that absentee ballots are ready to be requested and by voters.

Director Bill Shubat told board members that he recently transferred around $170,000-$180,000 from the board’s supplemental budget that was recently issued by the county.

The board, however, is not over budget.

This amount was part of its original budget request a year ago, but up until recently, was not funded by the county.

The concrete pad at the Holloway precinct site has been poured and finished. The precinct at Dillies Bottom will have its pad poured sometime next week, bringing all county polling locations into full Americans with Disabilities Act compliance.

Shubat noted that a recent switch in telephone provider has yielded a cost savings of $116, per month, for the board office.

The next meeting of the board will be Monday, Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m.

Hughes may be erached at mhugehs@timesleaderonline.com.