Miami County elections office closes; employee tests positive for COVID-19

The Miami County Board of Elections office closed temporarily on Friday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. STAFF FILE
The Miami County Board of Elections office closed temporarily on Friday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. STAFF FILE

The Miami County Board of Elections office was closed temporarily starting Friday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

The elections office released details on how people can continue to do business with it in the meantime.

The decision was made "out of an abundance of caution," said Ian Ridgeway, deputy elections director.

Health officials were notified about the situation and asked who else would need to be tested, said David Fisher, elections board chairman.

Plans were made for disinfecting the elections office this weekend, Fisher said.

The Secretary of State's Office and the county commissioners were notified.

Procedures followed during the COVID shutdown this spring again will be followed, Ridgeway said. The elections office in the county Courthouse will be open by appointment only. A table with a drop box will be placed in the Courthouse lobby. The table will have voter registration forms, absentee ballot applications and poll worker application packets.

Voters with questions, or wanting to schedule an appointment, should call 937-440-3900. The office will send an update when it reopening for walk in business.

For voter registration forms, go to VoteOhio.Gov and fill out the form online, or pick up a form at the local library, Job and Family Services Office and BMV Office. For absentee ballot applications, voters can go to https://www.boe.ohio.gov/miami/, VoteOhio.gov, or pick one up in the Courthouse lobby.

For poll worker application packets, voters can go to https://www.boe.ohio.gov/miami/, sign up online at VoteOhio.gov, or pick one up at the Courthouse.