MOUNT VERNON — Nearly a quarter of the registered voters turned out Tuesday to cast their votes on 10 levy issues throughout Knox County. Voter turnout was at 24.26 percent, according to the Knox County Board of Elections.
Few problems were reported to the board of elections and they dealt with apparel and signage issues.
A voter wearing an “I [heart] Mount Vernon Schools” shirt was not happy Tuesday morning when she was told she couldn’t wear the shirt at a Knox County polling site. Kim Horn, director of the Knox County Board of Elections, said the voter would have been asked to turn her shirt inside out or put something on to cover it.
The shirt’s slogan was deemed to be part of the campaign in support of the school levy.
According to Ohio Revised Code 3501.35, no person shall congregate or loiter within the area between the polling place and the small U.S. flags placed on the thoroughfares and walkways leading to the polling place. If the line of electors waiting to vote extends beyond those small flags, the shirt may not be worn within 10 feet of any elector in that line.
“We also received two calls about a banner that has been up for three years at New Hope,” stated Horn.
New Hope Industries Inc. is a nonprofit business, providing special programming for adults with developmental disabilities. It is also a polling place and had an issue on the ballot.
“The sign doesn’t say anything about the levy. It displays some pictures of some people with disabilities and so I’ve asked that that be taken down. It may have been up for three years but this is the first time that there is something on the ballot. Any other time that’s fine,” Horn explained.
Both levies were approved by voters.
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