Board certifies May 3 Primary Election


By Melanie Speicher - [email protected]



SIDNEY — The May 3 Primary Election was certified by the Shelby County Board of Elections Wednesday morning.

A total of 67 additional ballots were counted and included in the official results — two from Election Day of 17-year-olds who voted, seven in absentee mail ballots and 58 provisional ballots.

A total of 7,715 people or 23.72% voted in the election.

The 58 provisional ballots included seven with a name change; 35 who had moved within the county; 12 who moved outside the county; one with no valid identification; one with an expired diver’s license; one voter who received a allot, changed their mind and requested a second ballot – check in with status of the first ballot; and one voter was checked in as provisional voter then voter provided identification.

Eight provisional ballots were rejected as the people were not registered to vote.

Two UOCAVA ballots and five absentee mail ballots postmarked by May 2 were accepted.

Three absentee ballots postmarked after May 2 were rejected.

The certification will be sent to Ohio’s Secretary of State.

There were no changes in the results of the issues on the ballot. The Loramie Township tax renewal for Loramie Township Russia Fire was approved by a 311-69 vote. The additional tax levy for Dinsmore Township was approved by a 350-237 vote. The Franklin Township tax levy renewal was approved by a 333-143 vote. The Orange Township additional tax levy was defeated by a 176-129 vote.

The board set its required audit to be performed Monday, June 13, at 9 a.m. The three precincts to be audited will be Precinct 10, where 105 people voted; Precinct 15, where 175 people voted; and Precinct 5, where 179 people voted. The three precincts totaled 459 voters, well above the required 5% or 386 votes cast on Election Day.

In other business, the board:

• Approved the purchase of two new recording devices to record the meetings.

• Approved the purchase of two large battery backups and 20 smaller battery backups to be used at the precincts on Election Day in case the power goes out. The total cost will be $1,999.14.

• Learned Director Pam Kerrigan, Deputy Director Collin Claywell and board member Doug Pence will be attending the summer conference.

• Was reminded they needed to complete cybersecurity training by October. Kerrigan, Claywell and Clerk Tina Riethman have completed the training.

• Approved the bills that were filed for audit.

The board’s next meeting will be Monday, June 13, at 9 a.m.

By Melanie Speicher

[email protected]

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4822.