New Polling Site

THE BELMONT County Board of Elections found itself in a recent quandary. Voters in Martins Ferry were in the same boat.

The problem was there was no polling site for Purple City residents. With an election not too far down the road, such is not a good scenario.

All voters in Martins Ferry had been casting their ballots at the former South School. The venue was one that was convenient and very accommodating to voters and workers.

As fate would have it, the building is now under new ownership. A workable agreement could not be reached to keep voting at the site.

Finding suitable polling locations is no easy task. The Martins Ferry Schools campus was considered, but proved not feasible. Nor was Colerain, as it was deemed travel unfriendly.

The board of elections and its director, Bill Shubat, continued their relentless search. And with the help of a civic-minded Ferry businessman, a new and convenient polling location is now awaiting Ferry voters.

Voting will take place at Liberty Automotive on Hanover Street, just across Ohio 7 past the railroad crossing on the south side of Hanover. Jeff Wojcik is Liberty’s owner and has embraced the idea of his business playing host to voters.

Liberty boasts more than 3,500 square feet, according to Shubat, along with air conditioning, restrooms and is big enough to house all of the election board’s needed equipment for a polling location. Shubat also touts Wojcik’s cooperation.

The new 10-year deal with Liberty provides long-term piece of mind for voters and the election board, alike. We commend Shubat, the election board and Wojcik for displaying the teamwork needed to broker a much-needed community-minded deal.