Mary Alice Reporting –

Results are in for Tuesday evenings May 2nd Primary that featured local contested races and levy options.

Over 17,000 Tuscarawas County residents are registered voters and just about 19-percent cast a ballot either by absentee or at a polling precinct.

Elections Board Director Gail Garbrandt said the overall day went smooth and they were able to finish quickly once polls closed at 7:30pm.

“It was a matter of polling locations to come in. We had the first ten precincts that came in and then everything came in right at the end.”

Out of the issues, passage was obtained for Buck and Warwick Townships’ individual fire levies, and Strasburg police levy. The Village of Port Washington saw two upsets with the income tax voted down by a margin of 30 votes and the cemetery levy was even.

“The Secretary of States directive when you have a tied levy, it loses. They could refile that levy in the fall.”

Garbrandt noted that independent candidates’ petitions had a May 1st deadline but those won’t be certified until mid-July. The write-in deadline is closer to the November General Election.

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