Belmont County election board wraps up year

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – The Belmont County Board of Elections met Monday and handled several issues in its final meeting of the year.

The board plans to restore its policy of not acting on election petitions until after the filing deadline. Prospective candidates and groups seeking levy and issue approvals will be made aware of all the requirements to properly fill out their respective petitions.

Election board officials will hold two informational meetings to educate all those looking to be on the ballot. The board will hold a morning session and an evening session to better accommodate those interested in attending.

The date will be announced in the near future.

The board also met with two representatives of Advance Ballot Solutions. The board of elections and ABS came to an amicable agreement on a 2012 election snafu.

The board encountered problems with ballots provided by ABS. The ballots were not voting machine acceptable, triggering a major headache for election board officials.

The board consequently opted to go with Dayton Legal Blank to supply the 2012 general election ballot to avoid another potential problem.

ABS and the election board were able to come to a financial settlement Monday, and the two will continue to do business in future elections.

Also drawing board attention was the polling site issue in Martins Ferry. The Martins Ferry Board of Education has voted its approval to holding the November 2014 election at the school complex. However, no commitment has been made for the May primary.

The board of elections is asking for the Martins Ferry BOE to reply by Jan. 14 on its position for the May balloting.

The board passed on several delinquent campaign filing reports to the Ohio Election Commission.

The board also reported that it again worked within its allotted budget.

The Belmont County Board of Elections has scheduled its next meeting for Tuesday, Jan. 21 at 4:30 p.m. at board offices.