The way is clear for early voting to begin Thursday in Crawford County.
Ballots were delayed across the state by an objection to a presidential candidate until last week. The objection has been withdrawn and ballots have been certified, Crawford County Clerk Fayrene Wright told the Daily News.
Voting can begin at Wright's office in the county annex building at 8 a.m. Thursday. The office is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It will have extending hours for voting on two days prior to the March 17 primaries. The office will be open until 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 14.
County residents who are registered to vote can also cast ballots by mail beginning Thursday. The clerk's office can mail out applications to vote by mail. Applications are also available on the county website, www.crawfordcountycentral.com. They can be printed out and mailed back in to Wright's office.
Local voters will help nominate candidates for local, state and national offices during the primaries. They will also elect precinct committeemen.
There is only one local race on the ballot. Mark W. Hill and Shane Robinson both seek to be the Republican candidate for a District 4 seat on the Crawford County Board.
The seat is now held by George Bohman. Bohman did not filed for re-election.
No one from either party filed to run for the District 1 now filled by Republican Kevin Morrison, which means the parties will need to appoint someone to run following the primaries.
Only one other race is shaping up locally but it will not occur until the general election in November.
Earl Deckard, the GOP incumbent coroner, is unopposed in March but will face Democrat challenger Vickie Becker in the fall. She is also unopposed in the spring.
Becker is one of only four Democrats seeking local office. The other three are running for precinct committeeman positions. They are Don Daugherty, Robinson 1; Charles Wieland, Robinson 3; and Lugene Bond, LaMotte 2.
Other Republicans running in March are Angela Reinoehl for circuit clerk, Cole Shaner for state's attorney, David Fulling for Crawford County Board District 2, Kevin Dart for county board in District 3 and Jim Keller for county board in District 5.
Other GOP precinct commiteeman candidates are Denise Wells, Hutsonville 1; Douglas R. Slater, Oblong 3; Penny Lycan-Gray, Robinson 3; William Rutan, Honey Creek 2; Koert Bartman, Prairie 2; Donald Wagoner, Montgomery; Deckard, Oblong 2; Dart, Licking; and Keller, Robinson 8.
Committeemen are elected during the primary. There are 24 committeemen positions on the ballot for each party, but only nine Republicans and three Democrats are running.
Matthew Hartrich filed in Springfield as a Republican candidate for at-large circuit judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.