Petition certified, another not for election

A petition to surrender corporate power in Uniopolis was certified during a special meeting Friday of the Auglaize County Elections Board, while one to allow Sunday alcohol sales at a Waynesfield establishment was not certified.

The petition for the village of Uniopolis to surrender it’s corporation and dissolve needed 37 valid signatures to be certified by the Elections Board. With 60 valid signatures obtained, the petition is to appear on the November ballot.

Ricks Place, in Waynesfield, needed 88 valid signatures for a petition to allow for the sale of beer, wine and mixed beverages between 11 a.m. and midnight on Sundays to appear on the November ballot. Only 65 valid signatures were returned so the Elections Board rejected the petition and it will not appear on the November ballot.

Only petitions need certified by Elections Board members and no others were submitted for the November election.

Auglaize County Elections Board Director Carolyn Campbell said issues don’t require voter signatures and don’t have to be certified.

She said Uniopolis turned their petition in during late June, while Ricks Place turned its petition in Tuesday afternoon. The deadline was 4 p.m. Wednesday.

“They only collected 104 signatures which didn’t give them much room for error,” Campbell said of the petition for Rick’s Place. “A lot of the names were rejected because they weren’t registered or lived outside of Waynesfield.”