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Tuscarawas County Board of Elections Director Allan Sayre will be stepping down next month after nearly two years in the position. (Stacey Carmany, Tusco TV)

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) - Changes at the Tuscarawas County Board Of Elections will be coming in June. 

Board of Elections Director Allan Sayre has announced his resignation effective June 7th. Sayre says he wanted to take care of any final tasks from the May 7th special primary election before making the announcement. He says it is time to move in a new direction.

“This is something that my wife and I talked about and decided that we wanted to do some different things,” he says. “With my son’s graduation, we decided it’s time to turn the page and start a new  chapter.”

Sayre has been in the position since August of 2016. He says the past couple years have seen several changes for his office including updating equipment and training to create effective results.

“Changes with equipment, polling locations, different things we have done as far as to make sure that cross-training has occurred here at the office and the ability for elections in Tuscarawas County to always run effectively and the headlines in the papers are about the issues and the candidates the way they should be and not about election day or the board of  elections.

Sayre says the board will advertise the position, interview potential candidates and must also select a Democrat to replace him.

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