BOE director addresses early voting and local needs for poll workers

With one week remaining until the 2022 primary election on May 3, the Guernsey County Board of Elections will continue to accept early ballots dropped off at the office at 627 Wheeling Ave. in Cambridge until 2 p.m. Monday.

Executive Director Lori Bamfield said 557 absentee ballots had been received at the Local Board of Elections as of Friday, April 22.

“That’s below average for gubernatorial elections,” Bamfield said.

Early voting hours this week ahead of the primary election include:

  • Tuesday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Any registered voter wishing to cast an absentee ballot must request an absentee request before a ballot can be mailed to them,” Bamfield said. “The request for absence must be received by the Board of Elections by noon on April 30.”

Lori Bamfield

The Board of Elections needs election workers from the Democratic constituency.

“Anyone interested should contact the Elections Office immediately at 740-432-2680 to schedule training,” Bamfield said.

After:Two questions of levy, candidates without opposition in the primary ballot of May 3

Voters in Guernsey County will see no contested candidate races on the primary ballot. Races with unopposed candidates include:

  • Commissioner (term beginning January 1, 2023) — Dave Wilson (R).
  • Listener – Cory Johnson (R) and Miranda Miser (D).
  • Judge of the Court of Common Pleas – Daniel G. Padden (R).

The four candidates were certified by the board of elections on February 14.

Statewide, Ohio voters will find the races for governor, attorney general, state auditor, secretary of state, treasurer, U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives on their main ballot.

The offices of state senator, state representative and member of the State Central Committee will not appear on the May 3 primary election ballot.

Local candidates running unopposed for Democratic and Republican Central Committee seats as of May 13, 2022 include:

Democrat

Cambridge 3-B, Roxanne Wagstaff; Cambridge 4-B, Nancy Schaub; Township of Cambridge. B, Maxine B. Douglass; Township of Jackson. B, Ron Gombeda; Jefferson/Township of Jefferson-Madison, Lori Bamfield; Liberty Twp., Christopher Wagstaff; Township of Richland, Betty Duche’; Cumberland Township/Cumberland-Spencer, Joseph Miser; Township of Pleasant City-Valley. B, Michael K. Avare; Township of Westland. B, Richard G. Carter Jr.; and former Washington-Wills Township, Karen J. Hughes.

Republican

Cambridge 1-A, William S. Cowgill; Cambridge 1-B, Robert “Rocky” Hill; Cambridge 2-B, Myrle M. Carpenter; Cambridge 3-A, Tom Orr; Cambridge 3-B, Ernest R. “Skip” Gardner Jr.; Cambridge 4-A, Jack Marlin; Cambridge 4-B, Donna Hill; Adams Township. A, Jo Anne Wells; Township of Cambridge. A, Donald D. Brown; Township of Cambridge. C, Debrah Sue McKee, Central Township. A, Colleen Wheatley; Canton of the Center. B, Ralph M. Ray; Township of Jackson. A, Darrel Fawcett; Township of Jackson. B, Randy G. Mercer; Knox Township, James R. Gibson; Liberty Township, Carolyn Saft; Township of Monroe-Wheeling, Charles E. Blake; Township of Fairview/Oxford, Robert L. Ford; Richland Township, Cora Warehime; Valley Township, Delbert Abrams; Township of Westland. A, Pamela A. Robinson; and Old Washington/Wills Twp., Gayle J. Heinton.

Residents of Byesville and Old Washington will be the only voters in Guernsey County to see problems on primary ballots.

The Village of Byesville is seeking a five-year, $0.5 million replacement tax for fire and ambulance services, while former Washington leaders ask villagers to approve a renewal tax of 1 million over five years for current expenses.

Last week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 125,118 absentee ballots were requested by mail or in person and 44,994 votes were cast statewide.


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