By Kristin Rover
The filing deadline for the Nov. 5 general election has come and gone, and now the Clermont County Board of Elections is working to certify the candidates and accept the questions and issues that will be on the ballot this year.
“We’re in the process of validating petitions and checking signatures,” Clermont County Board of Elections Director Judy Miller said. “The board will review Monday, Aug. 19, and will certify petitions and validate candidates to the November election.”
Unofficial questions and issues submitted for the Nov. 5 election include a renewal levy for the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, levies for West Clermont and Williamsburg school districts, and levies for the villages of Bethel, Felicity, and Moscow.
Miller said as long as issues and questions conform to the statue, the board of elections will accept them to be on the ballot.
Offices to be elected in November include Clermont County Municipal Court Judge, city council members for Loveland and Milford, council members for the villages of Amelia, Batavia, Bethel, Felicity, Milford, Moscow, New Richmond, Newtonsville, Owensville and Williamsburg, and trustees for Batavia, Franklin, Goshen, Jackson, Miami, Monroe, Ohio, Pierce, Stonelick, Tate, Union, Washington, and Wayne townships.
Local school boards will be electing members in November, including Batavia, Bethel, Clermont Northeastern, Felicity-Franklin, Goshen, Milford, New Richmond, West Clermont, and Williamsburg.
The Clermont County Educational Service Center will also be electing members.
Miller said they are working to validate petitions and check signatures for candidates. She said the board will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 19 to certify the ballot.
After the ballot is certified, Miller said they will begin working on other election preparations, including applications for absentee ballots and ballots for UOCAVA military and overseas residents.
“People can start requesting ballots to vote by mail,” Miller said about absentee ballots.
Miller said residents can download an application for an absentee ballot from the board of elections website, www.clermontelections.org , and mail the application or bring it to their office located at 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, OH 45013.
Miller said they can also fill an application for a ballot out at the board of elections office or at other official election locations.
She said residents also need to make sure to register to vote, or make any changes to their voter information if they haven’t already.
“Oct. 7 is the last day to register to vote, it is also the last day to update address or name change,” Miller said. “Otherwise they have to vote a provisional ballot if they vote early or at the poles.”
Miller said they will begin mailing UOCAVA ballots Sept. 21, and will begin mailing absentee ballots Oct. 4.
“Ballots can’t be mailed out until Tuesday, Oct. 4,” Miller said. “Except military and overseas.”
For more information about the Nov. 5 general election, visit www.clermontelections.org, or call (513) 732-7275 . A full list of candidates and issues will be available on the website once the ballot has been certified by the board.