Belmont County Election Board Director Bill Shubat says he’s already gotten 6,540 requests for absentee ballot applications — that’s 300-400 requests a day.
At the election board office, they’re busy filling those requests, and early voting doesn’t start until October 10.
“A lot of people are registering to vote,” Shubat noted. “And they’re calling in for absentee ballot applications. The state had mailed out an application to every registered voter. But we’re still seeing people calling, wanting an application mailed to them so we’re mailing them out as well.”
This November in Belmont County, there are only a few contested races. Incumbent Mark Thomas and challenger Jerry Echemann are fighting for a county commission seat; And three candidates–David Trouten, Joe Vavra and Daniel Balgo–are running for Eastern Division Court Judge.
Most others on the ballot are running unopposed.
The Belmont County Election Board will be open leading up to the election, to allow people to come in and do their early voting in the lobby.
Here are those dates and times:
–Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 26–8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
–Saturday, Oct. 27–8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
–Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 7–8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
–Saturday, Nov. 3–8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
–Sunday, Nov. 4–1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
–Monday, Nov. 5–8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Belmont County Election Board is located in St. Clairsville’s Plaza West, between Burger King and Riesbeck’s.