Early voting begins Wednesday for the Aug. 2 primary election
NEW PHILADELPHIA — Early voting begins Wednesday for the Aug. 2 primary election, with very few candidates on the ballot in Tuscarawas County.
“We encourage everyone to get out and vote,” said Gail Garbrandt, director of the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections.
Republicans will choose candidates for the state House of Representatives, state Senate, state central committee member and state central committee wife.
State Representative Brett Hillyer, R-Uhrichsville, is the only person on the ballot for the House, and Tuscarawas County Commissioner Al Landis is the only candidate for the state Senate. Doug Wills, chairman of the Tuscarawas County Republican Party, is one of four candidates vying to become a member of the state’s central committee. There is only one candidate for the Republican Central Committee.
There are no Democrats on the ballot for the Ohio House or Senate. Three people are running for the state’s central committee, and there’s a candidate for the state’s central committee, Martha Campbell, chair of the Tuscarawas County Democratic Party’s central committee.
There is no problem on the ballot.
A second primary was needed this year because of a long dispute over Ohio’s legislative district boundaries.
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose estimates the second primary will cost taxpayers between $20 million and $25 million and add to voter confusion. Turnout should be dismal.
Residents of Tuscarawas County can vote early at the Board of Elections office at the courthouse from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. During the week of July 25, voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Electors can also vote on Saturday, July 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday July 31, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, August 1, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Residents can also request an absentee ballot by mail. Vote request forms are available on the Ohio Secretary of State website and the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections website. People can request an absentee ballot until noon on July 30, Garbrandt said.
As of Tuesday, the board of elections had received 86 mail-in ballot requests, and another 30 arrived in the mail on Tuesday, she said. They will be posted from Wednesday.
On August 2, the 41 polling stations will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Garbrandt said she had enough voters for the second primary.
“We are very lucky in Tuscarawas County that people are very civic and almost everyone we called said yes,” she said. “We have a lot of voters and we will be ready to go on August 2 for this second primary election.”
The council is still looking for workers for the November 8 general election, she said.
Any voter with questions should call the Elections Office at 330-343-8819.