Election preparations underway


By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com



Keith Cheney, president of the Allen County Election Board, on Monday took part in a test of one of the county’s election machines that will be in use during the May 5 election. Due to an anticipated low voter turnout — likely less than 20% of registered voters will cast ballots that day, Director Kathy Meyer predicted — just one machine will be placed in each of the county’s 35 precincts on election day. Looking on are board members Mona Willamowski and Gary Frueh.

Keith Cheney, president of the Allen County Election Board, on Monday took part in a test of one of the county’s election machines that will be in use during the May 5 election. Due to an anticipated low voter turnout — likely less than 20% of registered voters will cast ballots that day, Director Kathy Meyer predicted — just one machine will be placed in each of the county’s 35 precincts on election day. Looking on are board members Mona Willamowski and Gary Frueh.


Kathy Meyer, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, shows board members Keith Cheney, Gary Frueh and Mona Willamowski how to run and test voting machines that will be in use during the May 5 election this year.

Kathy Meyer, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, shows board members Keith Cheney, Gary Frueh and Mona Willamowski how to run and test voting machines that will be in use during the May 5 election this year.


VOTING HOURS

Voting hours for in-person voting at the Allen County Board of Elections, 205 N. Main St., Lima:

• Tuesday through April 23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Week of April 26: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday

• Saturday, May 1: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Sunday, May 2: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

• Monday, May 3: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

LIMA — On the final day of voter registration for the upcoming May 4 special election and the day before absentee balloting begins, members of the Allen County Board of Elections met Monday morning to go over a last-minute checklist.

Kathy Meyer, elections director, showed board members Keith Cheney, Gary Frueh and Mona Willamowski — Jeff Rex was absent — how to run and test voting machines that will be in use during the May 4 election this year. Highlighting the ballot are a runoff race for the Lima mayoral seat that will see the two candidates with the highest vote totals square off against each other in November.

The election board, meeting for the final time before May 4, observed a test of a voting machine that will be used during the election and compared written ballots against the results tabulated by the device. The results matched the hand-written samples that had been fed in, meaning the machine had been properly calibrated. Meyer showed board members how to replace the key component of the machine if problems should arise on election day.

Meyer said absentee in-person voting for the May 4 election begins Tuesday at the board of office at 205 N. Main St., Lima.

Absentee-by-mail ballots will be mailed starting Tuesday for voters who have completed a request form at j.mp/3wsSkeb. Request forms must be mailed or dropped off at the board office.

Keith Cheney, president of the Allen County Election Board, on Monday took part in a test of one of the county’s election machines that will be in use during the May 5 election. Due to an anticipated low voter turnout — likely less than 20% of registered voters will cast ballots that day, Director Kathy Meyer predicted — just one machine will be placed in each of the county’s 35 precincts on election day. Looking on are board members Mona Willamowski and Gary Frueh.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/04/web1_Ballot-test-1.jpgKeith Cheney, president of the Allen County Election Board, on Monday took part in a test of one of the county’s election machines that will be in use during the May 5 election. Due to an anticipated low voter turnout — likely less than 20% of registered voters will cast ballots that day, Director Kathy Meyer predicted — just one machine will be placed in each of the county’s 35 precincts on election day. Looking on are board members Mona Willamowski and Gary Frueh.
Kathy Meyer, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, shows board members Keith Cheney, Gary Frueh and Mona Willamowski how to run and test voting machines that will be in use during the May 5 election this year.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2021/04/web1_Ballot-test-2.jpgKathy Meyer, director of the Allen County Board of Elections, shows board members Keith Cheney, Gary Frueh and Mona Willamowski how to run and test voting machines that will be in use during the May 5 election this year.

By J Swygart

jswygart@limanews.com

VOTING HOURS

Voting hours for in-person voting at the Allen County Board of Elections, 205 N. Main St., Lima:

• Tuesday through April 23: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Week of April 26: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday

• Saturday, May 1: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Sunday, May 2: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

• Monday, May 3: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

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