According to officials from the Delaware County Board of Elections, the Aug. 7 special election for Ohio’s 12th Congressional District will run as any other election with the full complement of precincts and workers. BOE officials estimate it will cost $200,000 to run the election for the county.
Karla Herron, Delaware County Board of Elections director, apprised the board about the upcoming special election during its June 12 regular meeting.
“It will be reimbursed to the general fund, so we will not see that in our budget. It will be reimbursed to the (county’s) general fund from the state,” she said. “We’ll make sure the commissioners are aware that we did have the special election paid for.”
Herron reported that it appears as if 48 percent of this year’s budget has been spent because of the poll workers pay for the special election being included in the total.
“We’ve not spent that,” she told the board. “We’re really looking at 38 percent of our budget to date.”
The August special election is to fill the remainder of Rep. Pat Tiberi’s, R-Genoa Township, term expiring Jan. 3, 2019. Tiberi resigned from Congress in January to take a position as the new head of the Ohio Business Roundtable.
Voters of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District will decide between Troy Balderson, R-Zanesville, and Danny O’Connor, D-Columbus, to replace Tiberi during the Aug. 7 special election.
“There is nothing in the statutes that will allow us to reduce poll workers or to combine polls even though that’s the only thing on the ballot,” she said. It’s being looked into, “but there is nothing that will allow us to reduce our workers or polling locations.”
Since the election has to run as any another regular election, the BOE is required to fully staff all 159 voting precincts, which are spread out over 48 voting locations.
According to Ali Solove, elections support specialist, by statute, the board is required to provide 754 poll workers for elections, but usually employs beyond the required number to help maintain shorter lines and get voters in and out as quickly as possible on election day. She said the board has people that have been poll workers for years, but this election falls during a time when people are scheduled for vacations, making it tough to find volunteers.
Solove said the board is also recruiting high school seniors to help at the polls on election days.
“The keywords are they have to be seniors and 17 (years of age),” she said.
Solove added poll workers receive a base pay of $150 for their service on election day.
As for turning away volunteers if they have more than needed, it won’t happen. “We don’t usually turn anyone away,” Herron said in a previous report.