Board of Elections to hold nominating petition workshop

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Shelby County Board of Elections will offer a nominating petition workshop on June 7, 2017 for prospective candidates running for office in the Nov. 7, 2017, election. The workshop will only focus on how to properly complete nominating petitions required by the Ohio Revised Code.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Shelby County Board of Elections office, 230 E. Court St., Sidney.

According to Dawn Billing, director of the Shelby County Board of Elections, to have their name appear on the November ballot, each prospective candidate must complete, and have approved by the Board of Elections, a nominating petition as required by Ohio law. The final day to file a petition for the Nov. 7, 2017, election is Aug. 9, 2017, at 4 p.m.

Christopher Gibbs, chairperson of the Shelby County Board of Elections, said a number of non partisan offices will have positions open for the November election. Those openings include municipal offices in area villages, township trustees in each of Shelby County’s 14 townships, area boards of education, and city of Sidney ward council seats.

“This is the first time we have offered a workshop where all prospective candidates can learn about the petition process and ask questions of Board staff,” said Gibbs. “We want to make sure prospective candidates successfully complete the petition process and become eligible to have their name placed on the November ballot. At the workshop we will focus on how to properly complete the petition before circulating, the number of signatures required, and filing deadlines.”

The workshop is open to the public.

Staff report