June 26, 2019
Williams County Alliance delivers 96 petitions containing 2,534 signatures to Board of Elections. 1,364 valid signatures needed to qualify for the 10 percent of total number of voters who cast ballots in the last presidential election.
July 3, 2019
Bryan Times article by Ron Osburn reports Terry Lodge, Attorney for Williams County Alliance, informed the Board of Elections of the Ohio Revised Code Section 307.94 which required their certification procedure completed by the 120th day prior to the Nov. 6 general election. This would require a meeting on July 8, not July 16 as the BOE had initially planned.
July 8, 2019
Williams County Board of Elections finds charter petition invalid. The number of valid signatures, 2077, was far more than the 1.364 required. “County Elections Director A.J. Nowaczyk said that based on his conversations with the board’s legal counsel — County Prosecutor Katie Zartman — and in his own opinion, language in the proposed charter issue exceeds the scope of the powers afforded to local governments by the state.” (Bryan Times, July 9, 2019 article by Max Reinhart)
July 16, 2019
Williams County Court of Common Pleas hears arguments between Petition proponents and Board of Elections defenders. A decision whether to allow the petition to be placed on the ballot must be given by the Judge before 4:00 pm on July 17, the 111th day before the November 5 election.
July 17, 2019
Williams County Common Pleas Court Judge J.T. Stelzer upholds Board of Elections decision to prevent the people of Williams County from voting on the Charter Petition.
(Reader Alert: See Bryan Times, report July 18, 2019 for complete story)
July 20, 2019
Bryan times reports on “New rules for state aquifers.”
July 27, 2019
Williams County Alliance will initiate an appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court. For the complete Bryan Times report, see here.
September 5, 2019
From the Bryan Times report: “The Ohio Supreme Court in a unanimous decision Tuesday upheld the Williams County Board of Elections’ decision earlier this summer blocking the Williams County Alliance from placing a county charter initiative on the November ballot. The entire Bryan Times Article is available here.