The Highland County Board of Elections is asking that voters to be understanding and cooperative after a money-saving move was approved by the state of Ohio for a special election slated for July.
Democratic voters in Highland County will have two centralized polling places to cast their votes during a July 13 special election for Ohio's Third District representatives, instead of opening all 31 voting precincts. 
According to the Highland County Board of Elections, that means that for this one election, voters will not report to their normal precincts, but at specified locations in either Hillsboro or Greenfield.
As previously reported in the Highland County Press, the third district must hold a special primary after the withdrawal of Dr. Mark A. MacNealy of Vandalia, who won the March 4 Democratic primary election and would have faced incumbent Republican Mike Turner, of Centerville, in the November general election.
A new state law, signed into effect by Gov. Ted Strickland last week, permits a limited number of polling places to be opened during the special election.
The final day for candidates to file is June 15, and thus far David Esrati, of Dayton, Guy Fogle, of Miamisburg and Joe Roberts, of Kettering, have filed as candidates. 
The state of Ohio will reimburse the affected counties - Highland, Clinton, Montgomery and Warren counties - for the cost of the election, according to  Steve Witham, of the Highland County Board of Elections. 
"We got the word (June 7) that we could open just two polling centers," Witham said. 
Initially, Highland County had requested that they be allowed to open one polling center, which was denied. However, due to the efforts of 86th District Representative David Daniels, the 3rd District was granted permission to open voting centers.
"By opening one in Greenfield and one in Hillsboro it gives the voters more options, and some people will not have to drive as far," Witham said. 
The Greenfield center will be held at the Good Shepherd Church, located at 11920 state Route 28 West in Madison Township. The Hillsboro center will be located at the High Tec Center at 1575 N. High Street, where the board of elections is located.
The county will now save on the number of ballots that have to be printed, the number of poll workers who must be hired and the number of roving tech workers. Witham said that additional funds can be saved if voters choose to vote in the board of elections office prior to the special election date. 
A notice for the election has been mailed out to each county household, Witham said, with two absentee ballots attached.
However, Witham said this election could be confusing for voters due to the polling place changes, and that it is only for Democratic voters.
"In the November election, the polling places will go back (to their normal locations)," Witham said. 
The cost for the election will be $12,000 to $15,000, and will come out of the general election budget. The board of elections is hoping the reimbursement from the State of Ohio comes in before November. The typical cost of an election, with all 31 precincts open is approximately $40,000.
The office of the Highland County Board of Elections is holding special hours to accommodate early voters and questions. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and prior to July 10, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will resume its regular schedule the week following the election.
For more information, contact the office at (937) 393-9961.
The Highland County Board of Elections is asking that voters to be understanding and cooperative after a money-saving move was approved by the state of Ohio for a special election slated for July.
Democratic voters in Highland County will have two centralized polling places to cast their votes during a July 13 special election for Ohio's Third District representatives, instead of opening all 31 voting precincts. By opening a limited number of polling places, the county will save more than $20,000.
According to the Highland County Board of Elections, that means that for this one election, voters will not report to their normal precincts, but at specified locations in either Hillsboro or Greenfield.
As previously reported in the Highland County Press, the third district must hold a special primary after the withdrawal of Dr. Mark A. MacNealy of Vandalia, who won the March 4 Democratic primary election and would have faced incumbent Republican Mike Turner, of Centerville, in the November general election.
A new state law, signed into effect by Gov. Ted Strickland last week, permits a limited number of polling places to be opened during the special election.
The final day for candidates to file is June 15, and thus far David Esrati, of Dayton, Guy Fogle, of Miamisburg and Joe Roberts, of Kettering, have filed as candidates. 
The state of Ohio will reimburse the affected counties - Highland, Clinton, Montgomery and Warren counties - for the cost of the election, according to  Steve Witham, of the Highland County Board of Elections. 
"We got the word (June 7) that we could open just two polling centers," Witham said. 
Initially, Highland County had requested that they be allowed to open one polling center, which was denied. However, due to the efforts of 86th District Representative David Daniels, the 3rd District was granted permission to open voting centers.
"By opening one in Greenfield and one in Hillsboro it gives the voters more options, and some people will not have to drive as far," Witham said. 
The Greenfield center will be held at the Good Shepherd Church, located at 11920 state Route 28 West in Madison Township. The Hillsboro center will be located at the High Tec Center at 1575 N. High Street, where the board of elections is located.
The county will now save on the number of ballots that have to be printed, the number of poll workers who must be hired and the number of roving tech workers. Witham said that additional funds can be saved if voters choose to vote in the board of elections office prior to the special election date. 
A notice for the election has been mailed out to each county household, Witham said, with two absentee ballots attached.
However, Witham said this election could be confusing for voters due to the polling place changes, and that it is only for Democratic voters.
"In the November election, the polling places will go back (to their normal locations)," Witham said. 
The cost for the election will be $12,000 to $15,000, and will come out of the general election budget. The board of elections is hoping the reimbursement from the State of Ohio comes in before November. The typical cost of an election, with all 31 precincts open is approximately $40,000.
The office of the Highland County Board of Elections is holding special hours to accommodate early voters and questions. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and prior to July 10, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. The office will resume its regular schedule the week following the election.
For more information, contact the office at (937) 393-9961.