BUCYRUS — Early voting for the Nov. 3 election starts Oct. 6 and ends at 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Crawford County Board of Elections office in the basement of the Crawford County Courthouse, 112 E. Mansfield St.
As this is a presidential election, turnout is predicted to be high, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Still in some ways, this election will be the same as past elections.
“We’re going to have all three options available as usual,” said Ruth Leuthold, director of the Crawford County Board of Elections. “People can request an absentee ballot by filling out an application available on board of elections website.”
Voters must have the ability to print the application out because the board needs original signatures. She also said people can call the board office at 419-562-8721 to request an absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots cannot be mailed until Oct. 6.
Leuthold urged voters not to wait until the deadline to request an absentee ballot because there may not be enough time for voters’ ballots to get back to the board office in time.
“The actual deadline is Saturday before the election, which is Oct. 31, at noon. But that doesn’t really doesn’t allow enough time for the ballot to get out because they have to post mark the ballot by Monday, Nov. 2, or bring it back to our office on Election Day and you can’t take it to the polls. It has to be brought back to our office.”
Voters will notice some changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Voters will be asked to wear a mask when they vote,” Leuthold said. “The tables where they sign the tablet, there will be a sneeze guard between the voter and the worker, and we will have hand sanitizer for voters to use. Also, the voting units are going to be spread out a little farther. We’ll have some markings on the floor to remind people to keep their distance. And we’re going to have disposable stylists, so each voter will get their own stylist so when they go to sign the tablet they can take it over to the voting unit to use it to vote with and they can keep it or throw it away. It will be just one person using a stylist.”
There is only one contested Crawford County race on the Nov. 3 ballot. Voters must select a probate-juvenile court judge. Republican Patrick T. Murphy, of Tiro, was appointed to the post by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine following the March 2020 death of long-time judge Steven D. Eckstein. Eckstein. He hopes to retain that seat. He is running against Galion attorney Debra A. Garverick, a Democrat.
Candidates on Crawford County ballot
Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence, Republican
Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala Harris, Democrat
Howie Hawkins and Angela Walker
Jo Jorgensen and Spike Cohen, Libertarian
Brian Carroll and Amar Patel
Tom Hoefling and Andy Prior
Dario Hunter and Dawn Neptune Adams
Jade Simmons and Claudeliah J. Roze
Kasey Wells and Rachel Wells
President R19 Boddie and Eric Stoneham
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, 4TH DISTRICT
Shannon M. Freshour, Marysville, Democrat
Jim Jordan, Urbana, Republican
Steve Perkins, Pataskala, Libertarian
OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
Sharon L. Kennedy
John P. O’Donnell
OHIO SUPREME COURT JUSTICE
COURT OF APPEALS JUDGE, 3RD DISTRICT
Mark C. Miller, Findlay
STATE SENATOR, 26TH DISTRICT
Bill Reineke, Republican
Craig Swartz, Democrat
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, 87TH DISTRICT
Riordan T. McClain, Upper Sandusky, Republican
Nicholas Barnes, Upper Sandusky, Democrat
CRAWFORD COUNTY COMMON PLEAS COURT JUDGE
Sean Leuthold, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY PROBATE/JUVENILE COURT JUDGE
Debra A. Garverick, Galion, Democrat
Patrick T. Murphy, Tiro, Republican
CRAWF0RD COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Larry Schmidt, Bucyrus, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONER
Doug Weisenauer, Bloomville, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY
Matthew Crall, Bucyrus, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY CLERK OF COMMON PLEAS COURT
Janelle Moore, Galion, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY SHERIFF
Scott M. Kent, Bucyrus, Democrat
CRAWFORD COUNTY RECORDER
Julie A. Wells, Crestline, Republican
Cindy Edwards, Bucyrus, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY ENGINEER
Mark E. Baker, Galion, Republican
CRAWFORD COUNTY CORONER
Christopher Michael Johnson, Bucyrus, Republican
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, 1ST DISTRICT
Diana M. Fessler, Bellefontaine
Crawford County issues
- Galion City Schools, renewal of a five-year, 7.73 mill tax for current expenses.
- Holmes Township, additional two-year, 1.75-mill tax for providing fire protection.
- Chatfield, renewal of a five-year, 5-mill tax for current expenses
- Auburn Township, renewal of a five-year, 3-mill tax for providing fire apparatus, appliances and current operation of the fire department and ambulance and emergency medical services.
- Bucyrus Township, renewal of five-year, 1-mill tax for current expenses.
Out of county issues
- Mohawk Community, renewal of five-year, 0.8-mill tax for current operating expenses of the Mohawk Community Library.
- Wyandot East Fire, renewal of a five-year, 2.5-mill levy for the Wyandot East Fire District.
- Huron County, renewal of five-year, 1.275-mill levy for current expenses of Huron County Community Library, Huron and Crawford counties