County will send election reminder to every voter

Signs in the county administration building garage downtown show Montgomery County voters where to pull in for curbside voting.

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Signs in the county administration building garage downtown show Montgomery County voters where to pull in for curbside voting.

In an already unusual May 3 election, a majority of Montgomery County voters will have a new precinct or polling location

In the midst of a confusing May 3 election cycle, Montgomery County Board of Elections officials are taking a step to help voters know where they stand.

Within the next week, each registered voter in Montgomery County should expect to receive a postcard in the mail confirming their voting precinct and specific polling location, BOE Deputy Director Sarah Greathouse said during a board meeting Tuesday.

Greathouse noted that around 270,000 of the 368,000 registered voters throughout the county have had either a precinct or polling location change.

“We decided that we’re going to make sure that every voter has been told where their polling location is for this election whether it’s changed or not,” said county Board of Elections Director Jeff Rezabek.

A May 3 election will occur across Ohio. Because it is a primary election, many voters will choose either a Republican or Democratic ballot, and will vote on which candidates from their party should advance to the general election in November. All voters, whether they choose a party ballot or not, will be able to vote on any tax levies, charter changes or other ballot issues for their individual community.

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Montgomery County BOE officials said residents will cast votes on statewide offices such as governor, secretary of state and one of Ohio’s two U.S. Senate seats, plus county-wide races for commissioner and auditor, as well as U.S. Congressional seats.

But because of an ongoing legal dispute over Ohio House and Ohio Senate district maps, voters will not decide on those races in the May 3 cycle. Each political party’s state central committee races will also be omitted from the ballot, according to a memo from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose earlier this month.

Early voting is already under way at county Board of Elections offices. In Montgomery County, voters can cast their ballot at the County Administration Building, located at 451 W. Third St. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday until April 22, and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. from April 25-29.

Weekend early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 30, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on May 1. The final early voting opportunity will be Monday, May 2, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Polls on election day will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Poll workers needed

Rezabek said the BOE is still seeking around 100-200 poll workers.

“We’re always looking for anybody extra to come help,” he said. “We’re nearing our goal (of 1,600 workers), but if we could have those extra 100-200, it makes things less stressful.”

Those interested in volunteering can visit www.montgomery.boe.ohio.gov. Poll workers are paid $120 on election day, plus $25 for training.

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