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Mahoning County voter guide: What you need to know now

Mahoning County voters: We'll be updating this voter guide through the election season. Let us know what you want to know.
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We'll be updating this voter guide through the election season. Don't see the information you want or need here? Email us your question at news@mahoningmatters.com

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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: Mahoning County Board of Elections, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, OH 44502.

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 — by Nov. 2, the day before the election. 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 Mahoning County, the absentee/mail-in ballot dropbox is located just outside entrance A of the Oakhill Renaissance Center at 345 Oak Hill Ave.

Can I track my absentee/mail-in ballot? Yes. Click here to track your absentee 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, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, 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.

Mahoning County voters will be required to wear masks and maintain social distance when voting in-person, an elections worker 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 to be a poll worker. You can also call Mahoning County’s election offices at 330-783-2474. Potential poll workers will be asked whether they are Democrat or Republican.

League of Women Voters Mahoning County voters guide: Can be found here.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions about voting in Ohio.

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


Candidates

Here's a rundown of every race in Mahoning 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. 2, 2021
Anthony T. Traficanti of Poland (D, incumbent)
Grant W. Williams of New Middletown (R)

Term beginning Jan. 3, 2021
David C. Ditzler of Austintown (D, incumbent)
Steve Kristan of Canfield (R)


Clerk of Courts (uncontested)

Anthony Vivo of Youngstown (D, incumbent)


Coroner

David Kennedy of Canfield (D, incumbent)
John J. Vargo of North Jackson (R)


Engineer (uncontested)

Patrick T. Ginnetti of Boardman (D, incumbent)


Prosecutor

Paul J. Gains of Youngstown (D, incumbent)
Marty Desmond of Poland (R)


Recorder

Noralynn Palermo of Youngstown (D, incumbent)
Brian Devine of Canfield (R) 


Sheriff (uncontested)

Jerry Greene of Boardman (D, incumbent)


Treasurer (uncontested)

Daniel R. Yemma of Struthers (D, incumbent)


State races

Ohio House of Representatives

State Representative, 58th District
This district encompasses the northeast corner of Mahoning County. It includes all or portions of: Austintown; Campbell; Coitsville; Lowellville; Struthers; and Youngstown.

Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown (D, incumbent)
David T. Simon of Youngstown (R)

State Representative, 59th District
This district encompasses all but the northeast corner of Mahoning County. It includes all or portions of: Austintown; Beaver; Beloit; Berlin; Boardman; Canfield city and township; Craig Beach; Ellsworth; Goshen; Green; Jackson; Milton; New Middletown; Poland village and township; Sebring; Smith; Springfield; and Washingtonville.

Al Cutrona of Canfield (R, incumbent)
Chris Stanley of Canfield (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 southern Mahoning County, all of Columbiana County and all or portions of more than a dozen counties along Ohio’s southeast border. In Mahoning, it includes all or portions of: Beaver; Beloit; Berlin; Canfield city and township; Damascus; Ellsworth; Goshen; Green; Maple Ridge; New Middletown; Sebring; Smith; Springfield; and Washingtonville.

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

U.S. Representative, 13th District
This district encompasses northern Mahoning County, southern Trumbull County and portions of Stark and Portage counties. In Mahoning, it includes all or portions of: Austintown; Boardman; Campbell; Coitsville; Craig Beach; Jackson; Lowellville; Mineral Ridge; Milton; Poland village and township; Struthers; and Youngstown.

Tim Ryan of Warren (D, incumbent)
Christina M. Hagan of Alliance (R)
Michael Fricke of Kent (L)


Local and state judicial races

Court of Common Pleas (all uncontested)

Term beginning Jan. 2, 2021
Maureen A. Sweeney of Poland (R, incumbent)

Term beginning Feb. 9 2021
R. Scott Krichbaum of Boardman (R, incumbent)

Term beginning July 1, 2021
John M. Durkin of Boardman (D, incumbent) 

Court of Common Pleas Judge, Domestic Relations Division (uncontested)

Term beginning Jan. 1, 2021
Beth A. Smith of North Lima (D, incumbent)

Common Pleas Court Judge, Probate Division

Term beginning Feb. 9, 2021
Robert N. Rusu Jr. of Canfield (incumbent)
David Lee Engler of Youngstown

County Court Judge

J.P. Morgan of Youngstown (incumbent)
Joe Schiavoni of Boardman

7th District Court of Appeals Judge (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-mill, five-year levy for senior citizen services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Austintown Township

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

Renewal of 0.8-mill, five-year levy for parks and recreation
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $28 per year; $140 over five years.

Beaver Township

Renewal of 1.9-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $66.50 per year; $332.50 over five years.

Renewal of 2.9-mill, five-year levy for police services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $101.50 per year; $507.50 over five years.

Beloit Village

Renewal of 5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $175 per year; $875 over five years.

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

Boardman Township

Renewal of 0.7-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $24.50 per year; $122.50 over five years.

Renewal of 2.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $87.50 per year; $437.50 over five years.

Renewal of 3.85-mill, five-year levy for police services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $134.75 per year; $673.75 over five years.

Renewal of 0.6-mill, five-year levy for park expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $21 per year; $105 over five years.

Craig Beach Village

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

Renewal of 3-mill, five-year levy for street maintenance, paving, construction and repair
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $105 per year; $525 over five years.

Green Township

Additional 1.5-mill, continuous levy for the fire department
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $52.50 per year.

Lowellville Village

Renewal of 4.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $157.50 per year; $787.50 over five years.

New Middletown Village

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

Renewal of 4-mill, five-year levy for police services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $140 per year; $700 over five years.

Renewal of 2.5-mill, five-year levy for the fire services
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $87.50 per year; $437.50 over five years.

Poland Village

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

Youngstown City

One proposed charter amendment
This amendment to the city charter's section on city officials' salaries would require the finance director's and law director's salaries to be set by an ordinance of council. Currently, the charter does not contain such a requirement. According to language appearing on the ballot, it also removes an existing requirement in the city charter for the salaries of other members of the city's Board of Control to be set at 80 percent of the mayor's salary.


School districts

Austintown Local School District

Renewal of 4.9-mill, five-year levy raising a total $1,850,247 for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $171.50 per year; $857.50 over five years.

Renewal of 7.3-mill, five-year levy raising a total $3,304,353 for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $255.50 per year; $1,277.50 over five years.

Boardman Local School District

Renewal of 5.9-mill, five-year levy raising a total $4,052,812 for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $206.50 per year; $1,032.50 over five years.

Renewal of 6-mill, five-year levy raising a total $3,412,484 for current expenses
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $210 per year; $1,050 over five years.

Canfield Local School District

Renewal of 1.4-mill, 10-year levy raising a total $890,000 for emergency requirements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $49 per year; $490 over 10 years.

Leetonia Exempted Village School District

Renewal of 4.16-mill, five-year levy raising a total $350,000 to avoid an operating deficit
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $145.60 per year; $728 over five years.

Sebring Local School District

Renewal of 1.25 percent, five-year income tax
A district resident making $50,000 in gross annual income would continue paying $625 per year; $3,125 over five years.

Western Reserve Local School District 

Renewal of 1.3-mill, 10-year levy raising a total $139,000 to avoid an operating deficit
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $45.50 per year; $455 over 10 years.

Youngstown City School District

Renewal of 10.8-mill, 4-year levy raising a total $5,291,510 for emergency requirements
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $378 per year; $1,512 over four years.


Liquor options

Boardman Precinct 8

Meijer, Boardman Canfield Road: Weekly and Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages

Boardman Precinct 8

Meijer, Boardman Canfield Road: Weekly and Sunday sale of spirituous liquor

Milton Precinct 1

The Prop House, Northeast River Road: Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages

Poland Township Precinct 4

Dairy 224, Center Road: Sunday sale of wine and mixed beverages




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