Boerger wins appeal and will appear on ballot

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(Posted Aug. 24, 2021)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

One candidate whose petition was rejected has won his way onto the Nov. 2 general election ballot.

Michael Boerger had submitted a petition to the Madison County Board of Elections to run for one of the Pike Township trustee seats up for election.

Upon initial review of Boerger’s petition, the bipartisan board found issues that invalidated three of the 27 signees, leaving Boerger one signee short of the required number. Trustee candidates must collect at least 25 valid signatures from registered voters, along with accurate accompanying information.

Boerger secured legal counsel to protest the board’s decision. At the board’s Aug. 23 meeting, Boerger’s legal counsel presented two notarized affidavits.

One of the affidavits was from an individual who printed his name on the petition rather than signing it which meant it didn’t match the signature the board had on file. The individual confirmed his identity as the person who printed his name. The other affidavit was from an individual whose handwriting made his address difficult to read. He confirmed his address.

The board accepted the two signees as valid and certified Boerger for the ballot.

Boerger was the only person to file for the Pike Township trustee race. Two seats are up for election.

Write-in Candidates
The deadline to file as a write-in candidate for the fall election was 4 p.m. Aug. 23.

The board of elections received three write-in applications prior to their morning meeting on Aug. 23. They certified all three.

Charles Peters III is a write-in candidate for Deercreek Township trustee. He and Robert J. Turvy Jr. are running for the two seats up for election.

John E. Griffith and Joel Daniel Call are write-in candidates for the Range Township trustee race. They and Dennis K. Marshall are running for the two seats up for election.

The board received a fourth write-in application after their morning meeting on Aug. 23 and before the 4 p.m. deadline. They will meet on Aug. 31 to review David A. Junk’s application to run as a write-in candidate for the Range Township trustee race.

Voter information
The deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 4. The deadline to submit an application for an absentee ballot to be mailed is Oct. 30.

For more information, visit www.boe.ohio.gov/madison/ or contact the Board of Elections at (740) 852-9424 or madison@ohiosos.gov. The office is located at 1423 State Rte. 38 SE, London. Hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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