On Tuesday, Gambier residents voted to continue an existing regulation that designates 0.25% of Knox County’s sales tax to 911 operations for the next five years. It was the only countywide issue of five total issues on ballots across Knox County, and the only one on the ballot in Gambier.
Ballots across Ohio for the primary election were unusually empty. Some counties did not hold elections, and the ones that did saw few significant races. Many ballots included no candidate races at all.
According to Knox County Board of Elections’ unofficial results, 36 out of 38 voters across Gambier’s three precincts and 2,068 out of 2,765 voters across Knox County voted in favor of the tax regulation. Other issues on the Knox County ballots included various tax levies for school districts and fire and EMS services, as well as regulations on liquor sales.
Voter turnout in Gambier totaled approximately 1.6%, with the entire county coming in at about 6.6%. The Board of Elections offered only one polling location for the whole of Knox County — located at the Board of Elections’ office in Mount Vernon. This was partly due to this expected low turnout and partly because leadership shifts on the Board of Elections prevented it from gathering the necessary resources to staff multiple locations.
Complete statewide election results can be found at the Board of Elections website.