A lighter primary ballot means a smaller price tag for the May 7 election in Union County.
Board of elections Director Ameena Birchfield said the usual cost for the spring primary election would be about $24,000, but preliminary estimates are that this year's election will cost around $8,000. She said those numbers are a rough guess; the final totals will be figured after the election and the board receives all final invoices and payroll is completed.
"We're not reduced in the polling places that service what's on the ballot," Deputy Director Bill McCarty said. "There are areas where we don't have anything on the ballot so there won't be a polling place."
Birchfield said the board is trying to be fiscally responsible.
Normally, she said, Union County staffs 18 polling locations. The issues and races on the ballot affect 12 of those, but the board is "combining a few to save costs to the county," leaving eight polling places open May 7.
"We are sending York (Township) and Washington (Township) voters to Liberty (Township) to vote and Millcreek (Township) and Leesburg (Township voters) to Dover (Township) to vote. We have already mailed out temporary poll-change cards to these voters," Birchfield said.
"The precincts/polling locations we are temporarily moving have minimal voters involved this election. It's not the entire polling locations that are involved, just Marysville schools and an overlap with Ben Logan," she said.
Voters will cast ballots at the following sites:
* Precincts 1 and 2: Allen Township Hall, 16945 Allen Center Road.
* Precincts 3 and 4: Richwood Fairgrounds secretary's office, 1 Gill St., Richwood.
* Precincts 8, 9, 19 and 20: Dover Township Hall, 16650 Church St.
* Precincts 20, 21, 43 and 44: Liberty Township community building, 21463 state Route 347, Raymond.
* Precincts 23 and 25: Union County Services Center, 940 London Ave.
* Precinct 27: Marysville Middle School, 833 N. Maple St.
* Precincts 31, 35 and 36: Church of Christ, 18077 state Route 31.
* Precincts 39 and 40: Taylor Township Hall, 18672 state Route 347, Raymond.
The largest issue on the May 7 ballot is a request by Marysville schools for a 9-mill continuous renewal levy.
Liberty Township is seeking approval of a 5.75-mill replacement fire levy; Taylor Township is seeking approval of a 5.75-mill additional levy for police and fire protection; and the village of Richwood is seeking a 4-mill additional levy for operating expenses. There is also some overlap with the Ben Logan Local School District, which is seeking a 4.6-mill additional levy.
Voters may cast absentee ballots at the board of elections office, 940 London Ave., Room F, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, May 3.
Absentee ballot applications may be requested by calling the board at 937-642-2836. Requests for absentee ballots must be received by noon May 4. Completed absentee ballots that are mailed in must be postmarked no later than May 6 and received by the board of elections by May 17.
In-person absentee ballots must be received at the board of elections office by the time polls close at 7:30 p.m. May 7.