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ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Belmont County Electoral Council is finalizing preparations for Election Day on November 2.
At the last meeting before the election, board members gathered on Tuesday in its sprawling warehouse full of equipment for election officials as well as disinfection tools and protective gear to protect against the infection with COVID-19.
Director Aaron Moore said more than 1,700 voters have voted early so far.
“It was just a good steady pace for the early voting”, Moore said. ” It’s a good start. Now signs have appeared. People put up signs in their yards. People send letters. â¦ People are paying attention right now. I imagine that in a week or two, over the last couple of weeks, we’re going to get a bigger increase.
He said he hopes for a strong turnout.
âOur odd-year elections tend to be a bit lighter than even-numbered years. Even the years tend to be state and federal elections. It brings out a lot more people. This does not mean that we will not have a good turnout, but we are certainly not going to achieve what we did last November during the presidential election â, he said.
He commended the staff and workers for their professionalism in leading the advance voting process.
“All the voters who came were perfect and good”, he said. âOur staff work very well with them. It’s not like the November election where we had a line around the building.
Early voting will continue until 2 p.m. on November 1, the day before the election.
Moore said the board had a sufficient number of election workers beyond the minimum of 280, or 140 from either party, needed to hold the election.
âWe are looking to fill whatever we need. There will always be a gap or two. We always want extra workers for last minute calls. You never know during times of COVID or during flu season â, he said. âWe like to train additional workers to fill. â¦ We have a bunch of extra workers. Our biggest thing is we’re always looking for party workers, people registered as Democrats or Republicans. â¦ If we can have more supporters, it would be nice to have some.
Moore said there was still time for those wishing to become poll workers to take training.
“We’re still training for the next two days (until Thursday) but if we see people calling, we have a makeup class last weekâ¦ or two” he said. “The main class is about three hours of training.”
He added that the county will have two new polling stations in Wayne Township and Washington Township next year, the Wayne Township Garage and the Somerton Fire Hall in Washington Township.
“We must warn our voters in advance if we change location” he said.
In accordance with policy, the board will open its next meeting at 6:15 a.m. on November 2 and will be in continuous session on election day.
After the election, the provisional ballots will be reviewed on November 15 to determine if they should be counted. Official certification will be on November 22.
For more information on how to be a poll worker, call the council office at 740-526-0188.