Two Archbold men have filed the necessary papers to be write-in candidates in the Nov. 3 general election for seats on the Archbold Area School Board.
After the Wednesday, Aug. 5 deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for the fall election passed, only John Downey, an incumbent member of the board, had filed petitions for reelection.
Bob Aschliman, incumbent board member who was also up for reelection, did not file. He previously said after a total of 16 years on school board and 22 years involved with various school-related groups and committees, he wanted to spend more time on other activities.
In order to run for school board as a write-in candidate, those interested in the position were required to file a document known as an “intention to be a write-in candidate” with the board by Aug. 24.
David Wyse, 211 North Defiance Street, filed his document on Aug. 11.
Ten days later, on Aug. 21, Jeremy Hurst, 428 Primrose Lane, filed his document.
With Wyse and Hurst in the race, there is now a three-way race for two seats on the board.
Kandice Lemley, deputy director of the Fulton County Board of Elections, said the names of the two write-in candidates will not appear on the ballot.
Voters who choose to cast their ballots by machine will find three options for school board. Downey’s name will appear with a circle next to his name. To cast a vote for Downey, voters simply touch the circle.
Then there will be two additional circles to select a candidate, with blank spaces next to them.
If a voter selects that circle, a keyboard will appear on the screen. Voters enter the name of the candidate in the space.
Voters may also request a paper ballot. To vote for a write-in candidate on a paper ballot, the voter simply writes the candidate’s name on the ballot.
Lemley said if the voters do not spell the write-in candidates’ names correctly, they will be reviewed by the Board of Elections.
The board tries to determine the intent of the voter in deciding whether to register a vote for a write-in candidate.