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Deadline To Get on Nov. 2 Ballot Approaching in Belmont County

Belmont County Deputy Director Kamron Chervenak, left, and Elections Director Aaron Moore invite prospective candidates to contact the elections board prior to Aug. 4, the deadline to get on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election. (Photo by Robert A. DeFrank)

Those interested in getting their feet wet in local politics have until 4 p.m. Aug. 4 to submit candidates and issues for the coming Nov. 2 ballot. The ballot will be certified Aug. 10.

“Aug. 4 is the deadline, so people still have two more weeks to file their petition,” Election Director Aaron Moore said. There has been some online discussion about possible candidates for Martins Ferry City Schools board seats, but Moore said the public will know which seats are contested by Aug. 4.

“Not a lot of people have filed yet,” he said. “People usually wait until the last week, and we will get hit hard on the last week with people bringing their petitions all in at once. People like waiting till the last minute because they don’t like people knowing that they filed yet. … who’s running.”

He said there will be numerous township and school board offices open for election.

“The petitions haven’t been validated. We don’t do that until Aug. 10,” he said.

“There’s a lot of different offices that are up this election, and each office is different. It just depends on what office they’re running for,” Deputy Director Kamron Chervenak said.

In terms of issues, so far, Somerset Township will place a 1.3 mills five-year levy renewal. The St. Clairsville Public Library is placing a 0.5 mills five-year property tax renewal, and the Flushing Township area is placing an additional 2.5 mills five-year property tax.

Belmont County will also place levies on the ballot, a 1-mill renewal levy for Senior Services and a new reduced .75-mill levy for 911, to replace a 1-mill levy.

Moore did not speculate about whether there might be many contested seats or issues.

“Honestly, it’s the same feel as every odd election year. During the odd election years, since it’s just the villages and townships and things, it tends not to get the national attention like the presidential year does. It does seem to be a little quieter. We haven’t got the same phone calls for absentee information, but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming.

“I do expect it to be a little bigger than most odd-year elections, seeing as we’re coming off the presidential,” he said.

He said anyone interested in filing should come to the election board office to pick up a petition. Prospective candidates can receive information and instructions about the requirements for a petition, including how many names are required to get on the ballot for each level of office.

“We always tell people if you do pick up petitions and you have questions, please give us a call, because once you come in and file them, you can’t ask those questions then and there,” Moore said. “Read through your forms and fill out everything that’s required.”

The county’s last primary election was delayed and moved to entirely distance-voting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moore said the election would be conducted in accordance with state requirements.

“We still have plenty of (personal protective equipment) we had from last election,” Moore said. “We intend to send PPE and the equipment out like we did in last election.”

Moore added the office was always looking for poll workers. More than 280 will be needed. There will be four poll workers at each of the 70 precincts, with representatives of both political parties.

The board office is located at 52180 National Road, St. Clairsville. For more information, call 740-526-0188.

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