Four candidates for office in the upcoming March primary election are scheduled to speak Monday at a meeting of the Highland County Tea Party.
According to a Tea Party press release, the evening will include remarks from Republican county commission candidates Terry Britton and Barb Cole, along with Jim Lewis, a GOP congressional candidate running against incumbent Brad Wenstrup, and Wendy Sizemore of Pickaway County, a candidate for the state GOP central committee.
New Tea Party President Gary Furnish said the public is invited to attend and listen to candidates offer their remarks, as well as ask questions of the candidates.
Britton is a member of the Hillsboro City Schools Board of Education. Cole is a former candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives. The winner of the GOP primary will face off against Democratic candidate Tara Campbell in November.
Monday’s meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the HiTec Center in Hillsboro.
The deadline to register to vote in the March 15 primary election is Tuesday, Feb. 16, the Highland County Board of Elections reminded residents last week, and early voting starts Feb. 17.
On Feb. 16, the board of elections office will have extended hours from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Voter registration forms are available at the board office, local public library, Bureau of Motor Vehicles or the county treasurer’s office, election officials said.
“If you are already a current registered voter and need to update your address you can go to update online,” according to a press release. “To register to vote in Highland County, you must be a current resident of Highland County, 18 years or older and a U.S. citizen. If you have any questions, contact the Highland County Board of Elections.”
Also, early voting begins Wednesday, Feb. 17. Early in-person voting is at the election board office at Suite 200 of the Hi-Tec Center, 1575 N. High St. in Hillsboro. The hours of operation are:
• Weeks one and two of voting (beginning with the day after the close of registration for the election, except any holiday established by state law) – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Week three of voting – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
• Week four of voting – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day; 1-5 p.m. on the Sunday before Election Day.
• Week of Election Day – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Monday before Election Day.
“If there are any in-person absentee voters waiting in line when voting ends on a particular day during the in-person absentee voting period, the in-person voting location shall be kept open until those voters who were in line when the location closed for the day have cast a ballot,” according to the press release.
Questions can be directed to the Highland County Board of Elections at 937-393-9961.
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