After months of construction and remodeling, the Scioto County Board of Elections (BOE) office has been expanded and updated. The office was expanded after Scioto County Engineer Craig Opperman moved his office to the fourth floor of the Scioto County Courthouse.
The expanded office fulfills a goal of moving voting from the lobby inside the BOE Office.
Randy Basham, chairman of the Scioto County Board of Elections, said the initial request for more space was made to the Scioto County Commissioners.
“In a lot of counties, when you (Boards of elections) run out of space, they go outside their courthouse to rent or build buildings to conduct the elections. We were fortunate enough to work with the county commissioners and Craig Opperman the county engineer to get the additional space,” Basham said.
Every other member of the BOE expressed gratitude to the commissioners for their willingness to get the project complete.
During the ceremony, former Scioto County Commissioner Doug Coleman was remembered for his efforts to get the project completed.
“Everyone that I’ve talked to seems to be thrilled with the new board of elections (expanded office) and that makes us (Scioto County Commissioners) happy as well,” Mike Crabtree, chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners, said. “Doug was a big part of this and he was the one that put the hammer down when things look like they were slowing down. He got everything on schedule up stairs and we got starting on this in time to get it done before the election.”
Crabtree thanked the staff of the commissioners office and maintenance staff for their contribution to the project.
“We’re really excited because of the advancements. It looks like our adventure is not really over. Next year we’re going to be looking at new voting machines and we’re hoping the state steps up and helps us (with the purchase of new voting machines) in a big way,” Bryan Davis, Scioto County Commissioner, said. “We’re excited with everything going on and it could not happen at a better time. I think the election this year’s going to be big and if the primary (election) was any indication of that, we needed the space.”
Cathy Coleman said she was not apart of the project, but she knew how hard her late husband and county commissioner Doug Coleman worked on the project.
“I’m thrilled the project is finished and I know the staff is thrilled also,” Coleman said.
For more information about the Scioto County Board of Elections or the upcoming general election to be held on Nov. 8, 2016, visit http://electionsonthe.net/oh/scioto/
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