Voters in Adams County will go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to elect village and township leaders.
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Ohio voters are required to present identification.
In West Union Ted R. Grooms is running unopposed for his second term as Mayor. In the race for Village Clerk, incumbent candidate Tanya Johnson is being challenged by Robin L. Young; and in the village council race, current council members John R. Lafferty and Harry B. McCarty are on the ballot.
Winchester has no opposed races. Current Mayor William C. Foster and council candidates Rob Davis and Barry Lung are on the ballot. For the Board of Public Affairs, Gaylen Roades and James Kendall.
In Peebles Victor Warfe runs unopposed for Mayor. Amanda Gaffin, Jerry O. Grooms, Richard W. Hoop, and Norman L. Newman have all filed to run for village council. Only two will be elected.
In Seaman current mayor, David Hughes, runs unopposed along with Trina Sparks and David W. Hancock for village council.
In Manchester, there is a hotly contested mayor’s race between four candidates: Bryan Church, Billie Jo Goodwin, Robert E. Hilderbrand, and current mayor Troy A. Jolly. Christine Henderson and Cody L. Wagner are candidates for village council. James R. Bowman III is the sole candidate for the Board of Public Affairs.
Candidates in the township races include: Manchester Township – Dorothy McFarland for Fiscal Officer; Steve Henderson and Mark A. Morgan for Trustee (unexpired term) and Wallace B. Boden and Philip Colvin (full term).
In Meigs Township candidates are Bill D. Setty and Carla Wesley for Fiscal Officer; Joshua M. Lloyd and Bob Wallace for Trustee.
In Monroe Township there are two uncontested races: Angela Wikoff for Fiscal Officer and Brenda G. Emery for Trustee.
Green Township also has two uncontested races. Joyce Rideout for Fiscal Officer and Matthew D. Gray for Trustee.
In Jefferson Township Ronald Boldman is running for Fiscal Officer and Jack Lewis for Trustee.
In Liberty Township the ballot will offer three candidates for Fiscal Officer: Erica Davis, Sande Applegate Staggs, and Erica Swearingen. Five candidates are also on the ballot in the Trustee race: Jason D. Baldwin, R.J. Davis, Ty Haitz, Larry Hanson, and Justin Ross.
In Oliver Township Debra A. Rigdon for Fiscal Officer and Brian B. Williams for Trustee, both run unopposed.
In Scott Township Charles L. Newman runs unopposed for Fiscal Officer. Eddie Geeslin and Homer F. Holsted are on the ballot for Trustee.
David Dugan and Roger Rayburn are candidates for Sprigg Township Fiscal Officer, and Floyd Chuck Hayslip for Trustee.
In Tiffin Township, Sharon K. Chenoweth runs unopposed for Fiscal Officer. Three candidates are vying for Trustee: Caleb M. Grooms, Robert H. McCarty, and Kent M. Staten.
Angie L. McCoy runs unopposed for Fiscal Officer in Bratton Township. Rick Jones and write-in candidate Matt Jamison are on the ballot for Trustee.
In Brush Creek Township there are two unopposed races: Charles L. Taylor for Fiscal Officer and L. Steve Hayslip for Trustee.
Fiscal Officer of Franklin Township is another hotly contested race with five candidates: Sandra Douglas, Lynne Newman, Toby P. Smalley, Joseph Welage, and Becky Williams Sanders. For Trustee, Tom Purdue runs unopposed.
Wayne Township has one candidate on the ballot: Penny Tolle for Fiscal Officer.
In Winchester Township Rae Jean Maddox runs unopposed for Fiscal Officer, as does Rick Hardin for Trustee.
According to the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s website, Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.
The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:
-An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
-A military identification
-A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
-An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
-An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
-An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
-An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
-An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.
For utility bills, bank statements, government checks, paychecks, and other government documents, “current” is defined as within the last 12 months. “Utility bill” includes a cell phone bill. “Other government document” includes license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts. “Government office” includes any local (including county, city, township, school district and village), state or federal (United States) government office, branch, agency, commission, public college or university or public community college, whether or not in Ohio.
Provisional ballots: If you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may provide either your Ohio driver’s license or state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers) or the last four digits of your Social Security number and cast a provisional ballot. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the Board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
If you do not provide one of the above documents or your driver’s license/state identification number or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification.