May 2 ballots approved

By Sam Wildow -

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Board of Elections met Friday morning to approve the May 2 primary and special election.

The board unanimously approved the ballot language, which was already approved by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. Chairman Dave Fisher asked how many times the ballots had been proofread. Director Bev Kendall said that the ballots had been proofread three times by two people in the office.

In February, the board approved the candidates running for election on the Troy City Council as well as the following local issues:

• Bethel schools 2.0 mills construction levy renewal

• Bethel schools 2.0 mills operating expense levy renewal

• City of Troy 0.25 percent income tax operation recreation

• Tipp City schools 13.90 mills emergency requirements (renewal combining two levies)

• Village of Casstown 3.0 mills general operating expenses renewal

Miami County residents in Huber Heights will also be voting on issues on the Mary 2 ballot. The local liquor option for the north Shell station in Piqua to sell alcohol on Sundays was also approved, but it will appear on the ballot in November and not May.

On Friday, the board also approved the ballot quantities and the TSX voting machine allocations for each voting precinct.

The board then tabled a contract for the delivery of the TSX voting machines to each voting precinct. The board received two quotes for the cost of delivery of the TSX voting machines. The board usually has the West Milton Rotary deliver and pickup the machines, which they quoted a total price of $5,510 for the work.

“There’s a lot of professionalism there,” board member Ryan King said about the West Milton Rotary.

The board also received a quote from Lewis and Michael Moving and Storage, Inc. in Dayton of $2,320 for the cost of the delivery of the machines. It was unclear if that quote also included the cost of picking up the machines and returning them to board’s office, so the board decided to wait until Lewis and Michael Moving and Storage, Inc. could clarify their quote to make a decision on which company to have delivery the voting machines.

“I would prefer to stay in county but not if it’s going to cost us $2,000,” board member April Gillespie said.

The board also went over qualifications for the open deputy director position at the board’s office. The board received clarification that the new deputy director would have to be a resident of the county within 30 days of employment.

Other qualifications for the new deputy director include:

• Currently registered to vote

• Has a high school diploma or equivalent

• Ability to pass a background check

• Ability to pass a drug screening

The new deputy director will also have to be currently registered as a Democrat as the current director is a registered Republican and the chairman of the board is a Democrat. Due to regulations, there need to be a certain number of Republican board and staff members along with a certain number of Democrat board and staff members.

Desired qualifications for the new deputy director include:

• Experience working in a board of elections

• Experience successfully managing and/or supervising employees

• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Docs, and other data management software

By Sam Wildow

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at or (937) 451-3336