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Columbiana County voter guide: What you need to know now

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What you need to know now

How to register to vote: You can click here to register online. You can also download an application from the Secretary of State website, print it, and mail it to: Columbiana County Board of Elections, 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3, Lisbon, OH 44432.

Documents you need to register online: Ohio driver’s license or state ID with number; name; date of birth; address; last four digits of your Social Security number.

When to register to vote: To vote in the Nov. 3 election, your registration application must be received by mail, or delivered to the board of elections office, or online no later than Monday, Oct. 5. Boards of elections offices are open Oct. 5 until 9 p.m.

Who can register to vote: U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 3, 2020, and a resident of Ohio for at least 30 days before the election.

If I'm already registered, should I check my voter registration?: Yes. You can do so at the Secretary of State website.

How to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: If you choose not to vote at a public polling location on Election Day, you can request a ballot in advance — called absentee voting. The Ohio Secretary of State has mailed applications to every registered voter, which can be completed and returned, or voters can click here to print the form from the Secretary of State website.

Political parties and special interest groups have also sent out their own absentee ballot applications to voters. Local elections officials say voters only need to return one, and they’ll only receive one ballot regardless of how many applications they submitted.

Though the board of elections may have received your application, it won't start mailing absentee ballots until Oct. 6.

When to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: You can request an absentee ballot now for the general election on Nov. 3. The window to request is open until three days before the election but in practicality that deadline leaves little time for the postal service to get the ballot to you and for you to return it.

When and how to return an absentee/mail-in ballot: Your completed ballot must be postmarked — at the latest — the day before the election — Nov. 2. Placing the ballot in a mailbox does not guarantee that it will be postmarked. Deliver it personally to a post office and request that it be marked. It’s your responsibility to make sure it has enough postage. Alternatively, you can drop it off in person at your county board of elections during business hours and before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. You don’t have to wait until Election Day to deliver.

In Columbiana County, the absentee ballot dropbox is a gray box with American flag stickers to the left of the elections office’s main entrance at 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3. It has a sign reading, “Absentee Ballots and Election Dropbox.”

Can I track my absentee/mail-in ballot? Yes. Click here to track your absentee/mail-in ballot on the county board of elections website.

How, where and when to vote early in-person: You can vote early at the county elections office, 7989 Dickey Drive, Suite 3, Lisbon, which will open for early voting Oct. 6, 28 days before Election Day (Nov. 3). You’ll need identification, such as a driver’s license, bank statement, utility bill, pay stub, military or state ID to vote. 

All Ohio board of elections offices have extended hours to accommodate early voters:
• Tuesday, Oct. 6 to Friday, Oct. 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 12 to Friday, Oct. 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 19 to Friday, Oct. 23: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 24: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Oct. 25: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
• Saturday, Oct. 31: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Sunday, Nov. 1: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
• Monday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Columbiana County voters will be asked to wear masks and maintain social distance when voting in-person, but mask-wearing won’t be enforced, an elections worker said. Voters can also cast their ballots curbside with help from a bipartisan team of elections workers. Other accommodations also may be made on a case-by-case basis, the county said.

Where do I vote on Election Day? On Election Day, Nov. 3, you'll visit your polling place to vote in-person. If you're already registered to vote, you can look up your polling place on the county elections board's website. If you’ve already cast an absentee or mail-in ballot or voted early in-person, you won’t be able to vote on Election Day.

How to be a poll worker: Ohio relies on 35,000 registered, bipartisan voters to work the polls on Election Day. Because many poll workers are of retirement age, they face increased health risks due to COVID-19. There is high interest in expanding the hiring pool to include younger people. Poll workers receive training, which local election officials say is happening now. Pay varies by county.

Click here to sign up on the Ohio Secretary of State website. You can also download an application and find other poll worker resources on the Columbiana County elections board website. You can also call the county elections office at 330-424-1448 and ask to speak to a poll workers coordinator.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of other links and resources for Columbiana County voting.

This voter guide was produced with contributions from the Ohio media collaborative Your Voice Ohio.


Candidates

Here's a rundown of races in Columbiana County. Your ballot will look different depending on factors like your congressional district and other local districts. You can look up your ballot here. We'll be updating this list with a look at the key races on it, so check back.

County races

Commissioner

Term beginning Jan. 3, 2021
John R. Dyce of Hanoverton (D)
Roy Paparodis of Salem (R)

Term beginning Jan. 2, 2021
Tim Weigle of East Palestine (R)


Clerk of Courts (uncontested)

Anthony J. Dattilio of Leetonia (D, incumbent)


Coroner (uncontested)

George S. Wilson of Salem (R, incumbent)


Engineer (uncontested)

Bert Dawson of East Liverpool (R, incumbent)


Prosecutor

Vito J. Abruzzino of Salem (R)
John E. Gamble, Jr. of Salem (D)


Recorder

James Armeni, Sr. of Salem (R)
Zack Puchajda of Lisbon (D)


Sheriff (uncontested)

Brian McLaughlin of Petersburg (R)


Treasurer

Linda S. Bolon of Columbiana (D, incumbent)
Bryan A. Blakeman of Columbiana (R) 


State races

Ohio House of Representatives

State Representative, 5th District
This district encompasses all of Columbiana County.

Tim Ginter of Salem (R, incumbent)
Daniel Winston of Wellsville (D) 


Federal races

U.S. President

Donald J. Trump (R, incumbent)
Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D)
Howie Hawkins (I)
Jo Jorgensen (L)


U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Representative, 6th District
This district encompasses all of Columbiana County, southern Mahoning County and all or portions of more than a dozen counties along Ohio’s southeast border.

Bill Johnson of Marietta (R, incumbent)
Shawna Roberts of Belmont (D) 


Local and state judicial races

Court of Common Pleas Judge, Probate Division (uncontested)

Thomas M. Baronzzi of Lisbon (incumbent)

7th District Court of Appeals Judge (all uncontested)

Term beginning Feb. 9, 2021
Carol Ann Robb of New Waterford (incumbent)

Term beginning Feb. 10, 2021
Cheryl L. Waite of Youngstown (incumbent) 

Ohio Supreme Court Justice

Term beginning Jan. 1, 2021
Sharon Kennedy (incumbent)
John P. O’Donnell 

Term beginning Jan. 2, 2021
Judi French (incumbent)
Jennifer Brunner 


Questions and Issues

Below are proposed levies up to voters on Nov. 3, along with generalized estimates of their annual costs to taxpayers. You can use our levy calculator spreadsheet to get a more accurate estimate of how much each measure would cost you if it passes.

Countywide

Renewal of 1.3-mill, 10-year levy for Columbiana County Mental Health and Recovery Board mental health programs and facilities
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $45.50 per year; $455 over 10 years.

Additional 0.25-mill, five-year levy generating $519,500 for Columbiana County Park District park maintenance
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $8.75 per year; $43.75 over five years.

Butler Township

Renewal of 3.5-mill, five-year levy generating $230,700 for roads and bridges
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $122.50 per year; $612.50 over five years.

Center Township

Renewal of 0.5-mill, five-year levy generating $22,700 for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $17.50 per year; $87.50 over five years.

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy generating $68,100 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

East Liverpool City

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy generating $174,000 for parks and recreation
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Elkrun Township

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy generating $38,200 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Franklin Township

Renewal of 1.6-mill, five-year levy generating $60,900 for roads; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $56 per year; $280 over five years.

Hanover Township

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $166,300 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Madison Township

Renewal of 4-mill, five-year levy with additional 2.32 mills, generating $303,700 for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $140 per year; $700 over five years, as well as an additional $81.20 per year; $406 over five years. The total levy would cost $221.20 per year; $1,106 per year.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $28,100 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Middleton Township

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy generating $123,000 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Minerva Village

Renewal of 0.3-mill, five-year levy for the Minerva Senior Center; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $10.50 per year; $52.50 over five years.

Salineville Village

Additional 2.1-mill, five-year levy generating $25,300 for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $73.50 per year; $367.50 over five years.

Summitville Village

Renewal of 0.5-mill, five-year levy generating $2,000 for parks and recreation; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $17.50 per year; $87.50 over five years.

Washington Township

Renewal of 0.5-mill, five-year levy generating $19,700 for roads and equipment
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $17.50 per year; $87.50 over five years.

Wellsville Village

Renewal of 7-mill, five-year levy generating $185,400 for fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $245 per year; $1225 over five years.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $26,400 for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

West Township

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $79,800 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Yellow Creek Township

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy generating $35,400 for roads
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.


School districts

Leetonia Exempted Village School District

Renewal of 4.16-mill, five-year levy for emergency operating revenue
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $145.60 per year; $728 over five years.


Liquor options

East Palestine Precinct 2-A

East Palestine Liquor Stop, East Taggart Street: Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor
East Palestine Marathon, North Market Street: Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages

Salem Precinct 2-A

Quaker Steak and Lube, Penn Avenue: Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor

Salem Precinct 3-C

Jalisco Mexican Restaurant, East State Street: Sunday sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor




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