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Quiet day expected for Tuesday’s election

November 4, 2013
By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer ( , The Herald-Star

STEUBENVILLE - It is quiet at the Jefferson County Board of Elections today.

And Diane Gribble, board of elections director, said Tuesday should be quiet as well during this off-year general election.

Gribble said 2,500 absentee ballots have been cast early for Tuesday's general election.

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READY FOR ELECTION DAY — Board of Elections employee Misty Padgett checked a voting machine at the Jefferson County Board of Elections to cast an in-person absentee ballot. Standing at a machine behind Padgett was employee Brian Moffat. Election officials said early voting at the board offices will end at 4:30 p.m. today. The polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. - Dave Gossett

"We are expecting approximately 40 to 42 percent of the registered voters to go to the polls Tuesday to make their decision on candidates, issues and levies. I do not anticipate any problems this election," said Gribble.

"Interest in some of the village candidate races is low this year," noted Gribble.

"The only thing that may slow us down this year are the races with a write-in candidates because the board will have to check those ballots," Gribble said.

"The polls will open at 6:30 a.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. It is supposed to be a beautiful day so there is no excuse for people to not vote Tuesday," she added.

Gribble said the Steuben precinct from the Finley Methodist Church at 958 Lincoln Ave. in Steubenville has been combined this year with the George's Run precinct at the Harmony Methodist Church at 2119 Commercial St. in Mingo Junction.

And Bruce M. Clark Jr., a candidate for Wells Township trustee, has withdrawn.

"Since programming is complete and the ballots were already printed, Mr. Clark's name will remain on the ballot, but notices of his withdrawal were sent to all absentee voters and notices will be posted at all Wells Township polling locations. Our office will also be informing voters that Mr. Clark has withdrawn from the race and votes for him will not be counted," explained Gribble.

Ballots in Steubenville will include a three-way race for mayor that has incumbent Mayor Domenick Mucci Jr. facing a challenge from Lou Arrico and a write-in campaign by Dawud Abdullah.

Four candidates are vying for two council seats in Mingo Junction. They are John R. Fabian, George R. Irvin, Adam Peeler and Andy Strohmeyer.

There are four village council seats on the ballot in Wintersville where Robert Martin Sr., Jason Mattern, Bob Merriman, Matt Parise and Ralph Parissi are seeking the positions.

A total of 12 people, including Mike R. Belon, Edmund F. Blazeski Jr., James Cesario, Russell L. Cominksy, Dale G. Dollison, Charles S. Haggerty, Noama M. Kolkedy, Shawnna Merrill, Dirk A. Pielech, Korrene G. Prince, Alice Pugh, Mike Pyciak have filed for the three Buckeye Local School Board seats.

And six candidates, Daniel Bove Jr., Jacquelyn R. Carpenter, John Figel, Robbie Frey, Candy Newburn and Rose M. Slaughter, are seeking the two open positions on the Indian Creek Local School Board.

Toronto voters will decide the fate of a 0.5-mill, five-year recreation levy, while the voters in Mingo Junction will decide the future of a replacement 6-mill, five-year collection and disposal of garbage levy.

And voters will be asked to cast their votes on electric aggregation in the village of Richmond and in Wells Township.

A 5.9-mill, five-year current expenses levy is on the ballots in 21 precincts in the Edison Local School District, while voters in 75 precincts in Jefferson, Belmont, Carroll and Harrison counties will vote on an additional 1-mill, seven-year levy for purchasing equipment and improving buildings at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

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