Changes to be Made to Ohio County Ballot

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New developments in the ballot issues in Ohio County.

Commissioners are working to fix the issue with the Board of Education race as the candidate at the center of the issue seeks legal action.

Sarah Koegler says she was shocked when she first heard about her name being separated on the ballot.

After seeing the separation, Koegler reached out for legal counsel and was told there are two problems with the ballot.

She said by code, if all candidates names don’t fit on the same page they must be distributed evenly and there must be instructions for voters about how to access the other candidates.

Koegler worked with the Ohio County Commission who worked with ES&S systems to make the print at the top of the page smaller so that her name can fit on the same page with the other candidates.

She also made a request to the Secretary of State’s office to change signage at all voting locations.

The signs would specifically call out this race and instruct voters to review both pages before choosing two candidates.

Koegler says she’s ready for the issue to be resolved.

“That’s been honestly encouraging, not only people supporting me, sure that’s great I’m a candidate but it’s encouraging that people have been so angry about this because people have really been paying attention right now to all these local elections because they’re really important,” said Koegler.

Koegler says her name is guaranteed to be on the same page as the other candidates by May 10.

She says if she loses the election by a small margin, she thinks the county needs to go back and see how many votes were cast before the ballot was fixed.

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