Locals urged to vote

While area residents don’t have a lot to vote on in the May primary, the Auglaize County Elections Board director is encouraging those who can vote on the issues to make their voice heard.

“It will take less than five minutes to cast a ballot,” Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said. “We had a turnout of almost 75 percent for the presidential election last fall. Historically, less than 20 percent vote in the off-year elections. That means that less than 20 percent of the voters will decide how tax money is spent or who will get to run for St. Marys City Council in the fall.”

Anyone can vote absentee, which began Monday, April 2. Hours to vote in the Election Board office are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Absentee ballot applications also are available on the website for anyone wanting to request a ballot be mailed to them. The primary is scheduled for May 7.

The deadline to register to vote for the election is Monday, April 8,and the board office in the Auglaize County Administration Building, in Wapakoneta, is to remain open until 9 p.m. for those wanting to register to vote or update their registration. Registrations also may be updated online at the Auglaize County Election Board’s website.

School districts with issues on May’s ballot include Apollo JVS, St. Marys, Waynesfield-Goshen, Marion Local and Upper Scioto Valley. St. Marys City also has a Republican primary and Buckland has a local issue in addition to the Apollo JVS issue.