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 Tied cemetery levy fails after election certification

| May 16, 2023

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (May 16, 2023) – The Tuscarawas County Board of Elections has certified the results of the May 2nd primary with one outcome change.

Director Gail Garbrandt says during Monday’s certification there were 16 provisional ballots and eight additional mail-in ballots from throughout the county added to the election night totals.

As a result, the Port Washington cemetery levy that had been tied 27-27 ended up failing 28-27.

“That difference was larger than the half-percent required for an automatic recount, so there will be no recounts,” said Garbrandt.

Garbrandt says residents or candidates could still request a recount, but it will cost them.

“There is a deposit of 65 dollars per precinct and a written request for the recount,” she said. “There’s a form they would have to fill out from the secretary of state. Then they would have to pay the balance of the cost once the recount was finished.”

Meanwhile, even though a lawsuit has been filed to try and block Ohio’s August election from happening, Garbrandt says Secretary of State Frank LaRose sent out a directive Monday instructing county election boards to continue preparing as if the election is going to take place.

“Because we don’t have a lot of time,” Garbrandt said. “We’re going from one right into the next one.”



2023 August Special Election In-Person Absentee Voting Days & Hours

Tuesday, July 11 – Friday, July 14         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 17 – Friday July 21         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 24 – Friday, July 28         8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Monday, July 31                                7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, August 1         7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday August 2 thru Fri. August 4   7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 5   8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 6   1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.




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