JEFFERSON — The Ashtabula County Board of Elections approved Wednesday the candidates and issues that will appear on the November ballot.
There were 47 issues approved for 36 different entities across the county. The majority of the issues are renewal levy requests, although Ashtabula, Ashtabula District Library, Conneaut, Conneaut Township Park District, Dorset Township, Geneva-on-the-Lake, Roaming Shores and Windsor Township are seeking additional levies.
Entities seeking levy requests are: Andover Township, Ashtabula Area City School District, Ashtabula, Ashtabula County, Ashtabula County District Library, Ashtabula County Metroparks, Ashtabula Township, Austinburg Township, Cherry Valley Township, Colebrook Township, Conneaut, Conneaut Schools, Denmark Township, Dorset Township, Geneva on the Lake, Geneva Schools, Geneva Cemetery District, Grand Valley Schools, Hartsgrove Township, Jefferson Schools, Jefferson, Jefferson Cemetery District, Kingsville Township, Lenox Township, Morgan Township, North Kingsville, Pierpont Township, Plymouth Township, Pymatuning Valley Schools, Rock Creek Public Library, Roaming Shores, Saybrook Township, Wayne Township, Williamsfield Township and Windsor Township.
There are 90 elected offices being sought in the cities, townships and villages across the county which include races for city managers, councils, trustees, judges and school boards.
The board of elections voted to not accept the petitions of six candidates including Steven Kunselman for North Kingsville Village Council, Charles Supplee for Rock Creek Village Council, Janet Harrington for Denmark Township trustee, Isaiah Salters for the Ashtabula City Schools Board of Education and Linc Jerome and Courtney Johnson for the governing board of the Ashtabula County Educational Service Center.
Five of the candidates did not have the required number of qualified elector signatures in order to appear on the ballot. One, Kunselman, wrote the wrong date on a form which by Ohio law disqualifies the petition and signatures on that form.
This resulted in Kunselman not having the required total number of signatures, officials said.
"There are only a few things that are fatal flaws and this unfortunately is one," Charlie Frye, Board of Elections director, said.
In other business, the Board of Elections discussed the progress of a variety of elections security upgrades required by the Ohio Secretary of State.
Frye said the board received a $50,000 federal grant to make the upgrades and so far about $26,000 of the grant money has been spent on software and firewall upgrades, server replacements and wireless internet improvements with better security. The Department of Homeland Security considers Board of Election as "critical infrastructure," which Frye said makes the boards eligible for federal Help America Vote Act grants.
Some physical building security upgrades at the office such as cameras and new locks still need to be performed, Frye said, and there should be enough grant money left to get the work done.