Election results released; issues explained
All 11,167 of the ballots counted Tuesday in Washington County’s board of elections office are considered proper, after issues with the board’s technical system stalled race announcements on the extended Election Day.
Results weren’t released until about 4 a.m. Wednesday due to the issue.
On Wednesday, Washington County Board of Elections Director Mandy Amos explained that while the ballots were all processed in the counting system, the coinciding tally of envelopes noting receipt of the ballots flagged approximately 200 ballots.
“Whenever we get an absentee ballot in we have to compare the information they have on the envelope with what we have in our system and then log that we’ve received their ballot back,” she said.
But the envelopes are also saved on a retention schedule so the miscount was corrected Wednesday.
The county Republican primaries for prosecutor and two county commissioner were decided in the election.
Interim County Prosecutor Nicole Coil won over challenger Amy Bean by 3,584 votes (75.51 percent), and in the Republican commissioner primary challenger Charlie Schilling beat out incumbent Ron Feathers by 2,917 votes. There are no Democratic challengers for the winners to face in the November election.
“I’m truly humbled with the margin of victory and all of the support I received,” said Schilling.
Challenger Jamie Booth also beat out incumbent David White by 890 votes and will proceed to the November General Election to face off against Democrat Cora Marshall.
The Marietta City Schools renewal levy passed by 66.61 percent of the school district’s votes with 3,283 for and 1,646 against. The levy creates no additional tax or increase on properties but continues the possibility of sports, extracurricular and arts programming funding.
Electric aggregation is now an option for Lowell residents after the passage of the ordinance by 65.81 percent of the village voters.
And a levy for paid EMS service for 12-hour shifts Monday-Friday was approved by 64.54 percent of the Oak Grove and surrounding township voters in western Muskingum Township.
Amos said early voting (prior to March 17) accounted for 4,463 votes in this spring primary and only 956 ballots that were requested of the total 12,123 have not yet arrived at the board office.
“We got several today in the mail already and we’ll probably get a few more,” she said. “They have 10 days to get here.”
Only ballots postmarked by April 27 will be included in the next and final board tally of votes and must arrive by mail by May 8.
Any ballots physically dropped off at the board of elections office by residents cannot be counted now.
Amos said 123 provisionals are also yet to be counted and the official count date is May 15.
“We didn’t have anybody come in that was disabled or homeless that needed to use the ADA machine,” said Amos. “Even with so many out the only thing that might change is a central committee race because some of those were close.”
Meanwhile, campaigning for November will see some adjustments as contested races move on.
“I’m very hopeful that as things get opened up and COVID-19 stays under control and people practice the safe social distancing and washing our hands I can get out and talk with people more one-on-one,” said Booth. That’s what I need people to see about me– that you can look me in the eye and talk.”
Meanwhile, Schilling said he plans for the short term to say thank you to his biggest supporters, his family.
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