Nursing home absentee voting procedure reviewed

Staff report

SIDNEY — Absentee voting procedures were discussed during the Feb. 16 Shelby County Board of Elections meeting.

Dawn Billing, director, reviewed the process used for nursing home absentee voting. She said someone had questioned the board clerk after hours about the process. She said the voting and absentee packets are distributed to each nursing home facility prior to election to make sure residents are informed of their voting options, including the ability to vote absentee.

The board agreed on the allocations of the M100 units to be placed at the various polling locations. Two units will be at the Sidney VFW and Shelby County Fairgrounds. All other polling locations will have one unit.

Billing told board members that both checks written to witnesses for the hearing on the Drug Price Relief Act had been returned. The money will go back in the general fund. The only cost was $8 for the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office to deliver a subpoena to a witness that was not living at the address on the petition.

Staff members discussed the need for a new scanner for voter registrations. The old scanner was purchased in 204 and is not compatible with Windows 7. The city of Sidney’s IT department suggested several models ranging in price from $500 to $900. A motion was approved for the purchase of a scanner not to exceed $1,000.

An executive session was held to discuss building and personnel security. No action was taken.

The board will hold its organizational meeting on Friday, March 4, at 7 a.m.

Presiding judge training/pick up will be held Saturday, March 12.

The board’s next regular meeting will be Tuesday, March 15, at 6 a.m.

Staff report