Running Out Of Ballots

By: Shanisty Myers Email
By: Shanisty Myers Email

There is a widespread shortage of Democratic Presidential ballots across Washington County.

Board of Elections officials say they are in the process of printing off more ballots and bringing those ballots to polling locations.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says the Sheriff's Department is delivering ballots to Newport, Dunham, Belpre and St. Ambrose precincts.

In the meantime, the BOE is giving voters paper ballots to vote with while the new ballots are being printed.

WTAP is following this story very closely and will have a full report, along with the latest race results, tonight on FOX Parkersburg News at 10, WTAP News at Eleven and here on WTAP.com.


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  • by ralph Location: marietta on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:07 AM
    Seems the BOE has the most incompetent people in the county working there and I use the term working loosely as far as that department goes. Pretty scary that the SOS (Secretary of State) chased off the most trustworthy and loyal people who had the interests of the voters in mind and at heart and kept the idiots that think they know everything and that they can get away with everything. Just remember what goes around comes around and someday your lies and deceit will come back to haunt you. It's time that the BOE be held up to some kind of standard and that the SOS also be held up to standard. Rules are there for reasons not to be changed at a whim because they might be unpopular to one facet or another. What a mess and once again it make Washington County look like a bunch of uneducated hee haw hillbillies. Thank you so much, like we needed this kind of attention. Do the jobs you were hired or appointed to do, read the Ohio Revised Code and when in doubt ask the SOS for guidance. Duh.
  • by DB Location: Belpre on Mar 5, 2008 at 06:32 AM
    In Ohio's open primary, an Independant or a Replublican who wishes to vote for a Democrat (or the other way around) must declare that they wish to be affiliated with the party of the candidate they are voting for. In other words, you cahgne your party affiliation. This is true at the polls and when voting by absentee ballot. Things change in real life. People are no longer willing to be confined to old party restrictions. I'd rather see too many ballots printed than someone denied the right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
  • by DB Location: Belpre on Mar 5, 2008 at 03:44 AM
    Heads need to roll at the Washington County BOE. This should not have happened. Incompetence should not be tolerated. I hope to see competent people working there soon.
  • by Paul Location: Parkersburg on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:35 PM
    Were they not aware that people were going to vote today? Nice!
  • by Parrothead Location: Marietta on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    I am also sorry to tell those of you that will not declare a party affiliation - you vote on issues only during primaries. If only republicans used republican ballots and democrats used democratic ballots then there would never be a shortage. I guess the board of elections is supposed to print enough republican and democratic ballots for every registered voter to use just in case every registered voter decides to vote and they all want the same ballot! If the BOE did that you guys would be yelling about them wasting money! This is what you get when you start changing a system that has worked for years.
  • by Parrothead Location: Marietta on Mar 4, 2008 at 08:14 PM
    It was just reported on MSNBC that in Texas, which has open primaries like Ohio does, the 1/3 of those casting democratic ballots were regestered republicans and independents. ONE THIRD OF ALL DEMOCRATIC BALLOTS!!!! Primaries should be closed so that republicans select their candidate and democrats select theirs. Independants would vote for issues only. THIS OPEN PRIMARY SYSTEM NEEDS CHANGED! PRIMARIES ARE NOT GENERAL ELECTIONS!!!!
  • by cindy Location: belpre on Mar 4, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    They never offered to go to a different precincts, say we could vote in november, or just wait. Why weren't they prepared? or just vote for the levy's, Belpre's levy wont pass now, because how many people had that time to wait that out.
  • by kat Location: Reno on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:34 PM
    Obviously the BOE was not well prepared for this election. Rediculous!!!!!
  • by Parrothead Location: Marietta on Mar 4, 2008 at 06:29 PM
    Just another reason that the open primary system doesn't work. Primaries are for the parties to elect their individual candidates. NOT for anyone and everyone to vote whatever parties ticket they feel like at the time. It also opens the elections up for fraud. What;s to keep one party from deliberately voting the other parties ticket to try to elect the candidate that can be beaten in the general election? Just another example of people thinking that they should be allowed to do whatever they want whenever that want. The open primaries are NOT what our forfathers invisioned.
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