'Sparse attendance' for early voters

Cary Ashby • Apr 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

Two levy issues in Plymouth and the Norwalk mayoral Republican primary are on the May 7 primary election ballot and things are staying busy at the Huron County Board of Elections.

“It’s always a busy time. It doesn’t matter how many polling locations you have open, we still have to go through the whole process — from ordering the ballots, validating the ballots, making sure everything is a go, cleaning off all the lists,” director Cecilia Blevins said.

“Everything is the same for a huge election as a small election; we do the same process.”

The Republican primary for mayor will take place in Norwalk. Incumbent Rob Duncan is facing Dave Wallace, who is representing the second ward on city council. The winner will face Dave Light, a Democrat and recently retired Norwalk police chief, in November. 

“There is only a Republican primary going on here in the office for Norwalk city,” Blevins said.

“We’ve had a lot of people who have come in who wanted to vote, but if they’re not voting on a Republican ticket and they want to do an issues-only (ballot) or a Democratic ticket, there is nothing for them to vote on.”

Plymouth has two new taxes on the ballot.

There is a 1-mill additional levy “for the purpose of general construction, reconstruction, resurfacing or repair of streets, roads and bridges in the village.” It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $35 per year.

The other proposed levy is a 0.25-mill additional tax for current expenses. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 home $8.75 per year.

“We have early voting going on in the office and that started April 8. We have had sparse attendance in the early voting,” Blevins said.

Five polling locations in 13 precincts will be involved in the primary election.

“We have had 18 people come in the office since the beginning. We have had a total of 48, so we’ve had some people (who) have requested absentee ballots from the mail and we also have the nursing homes done. Right now we have had 48 people who have voted,” Blevins said.

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