Election filing deadline for most Butler County races this week

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Election filing deadline for most Butler County races this week

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Michael D. Pitman
Local candidates for election have until Aug. 9, 2017, to file for office. Those candidates will be considered for certification on Aug. 21, 2017, except for Middletown and Hamilton candidates. Those cities, by charter, file on Aug. 24, 2017. Early voting for this November’s election begins on Oct. 11, 2017. MICHAEL D. PITMAN/2016

The election filing deadline to run for office for all but two communities in Butler County is 4 p.m. Wednesday.

And if all who have pulled petitions to run for elected office file and are certified to be on the ballot, there will be 25 contested races.

The charters in Hamilton and Middletown call for a later filing deadline, which is Aug. 24.

That’s roughly half of the total number of races, not including those in Hamilton County that overlap into Butler County nor the 21 proposed issues and local options communities will decide on Election Day this November.

Candidate petition filings not yet certified will be reviewed by the Butler County Board of Elections and the board members will certify, or not certify, those petitions at the Aug. 21 meeting.

Middletown and Hamilton candidates for office who are not yet certified will have their petitions reviewed and voted on a week later, said Butler County Board of Elections Deputy Director Jocelyn Bucaro.

And she asks those candidates to not wait until the last minute.

“It’s always better to file as soon as they can,” she said. “We have a check list on the board of elections website and I encourage every candidate review it so they don’t make a mistake that can cost them a chance to be on the ballot. If you wait till the filing deadline you don’t have time to do that.”

Local-year elections are also the elections that impact the people the most, said John Forren, Miami University Regionals political science professor. Historically between 20 and 35 percent of registered voters participate in local elections unless there is a statewide issue that drives voter turnout.

There are two statewide issues on this November’s ballot: Crime Victim Rights Initiative and the Ohio Drug Price Relief Act.

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