In light of Donald Trump’s insistence that the election will be “rigged,” the director of the Belmont County Election Board says that’s absolutely not the case.
“We take an oath in this office,” said Bill Shubat. “There is no ‘rigging’ going on in our elections in Belmont County, or any other county in Ohio.”
Shubat says any outside hacking would also be out of the question.
“Our system stands alone,” said Shubat. “There is no way for anyone to hack into it. The tabulation system stands alone. It’s not tied into the phone lines in any way, shape or form. So for anyone to say–if they’re implying that it’s rigged through the boards of elections–that’s false.”
They’re seeing about 125 early voters a day coming through the doors.
They say already 11,330 ballots have been mailed out, picked up or voted on at the board office.
And with the election coming up soon, the Belmont County Election Board is staying open for early voting seven days a week.
This weekend (October 29-30) and next weekend (November 5-6), they’ll be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The final day to do early voting will be Monday, November 7, the day before the election, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They say the federal court ruling expanding provisional voting is so new, they’re still studying it.
But basically if you want to vote and you’re not sure if you’re still registered, you can go in and cast a provisional ballot.
Those will be dealt with individually, to determine which ones will be accepted and which ones are not legitimate.
Out on the streets, there’s a lot of talk about politics.
But you won’t hear any of that at the election board.
“This is a polling location, so they don’t talk politics,” said Shubat.
And it will remain a polling location until election day.
If you vote that day, November 8, you’ll have to go to your own polling place.