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Trumbull 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: Trumbull County Board of Elections, 2947 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, OH 44484.

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 Trumbull County, the absentee ballot dropbox resembles a mailbox and is located just outside the main entrance of the elections offices at 2947 Youngstown Road SE.

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: The Trumbull County elections board has established an early voting center in a former bank at 2911 Youngstown Road SE, Warren, on the northeast corner of Youngstown Road Southeast and Central Parkway Southeast, adjacent to the main elections office lot. It will open Oct. 6, or 28 days before Election Day.

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.

Trumbull 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 receive their ballots at the bank teller stations while staying distanced. Ballots will be scanned when exiting through a separate area.

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 download an application from the Trumbull County elections board website.

The League of Women Voters of Trumbull County has also published a 2020 Voter Information Guide, which you can read here.

Still have questions? Here’s a list of frequently asked questions for Trumbull County voting. The Trumbull County Board of Elections can be reached by phone at 330-369-4050.

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


Candidates

Here's a rundown of every race in Trumbull 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.

Local and county races

Commissioner

Term beginning Jan. 2, 2021
Mauro Cantalamessa of Warren (D, incumbent)
Denny Malloy of Cortland (Unaffiliated)

Term beginning Jan. 3, 2021
Daniel E. Polivka of Warren (D, incumbent)
Niki Frenchko of Warren (R)


Clerk of Courts (uncontested)

Karen Infante Allen of Niles (D, incumbent)


Coroner

Lawrence M. D’Amico of Warren (D)
Larry Woods of Warren (R)


Engineer (uncontested)

Randy L. Smith of Warren (D, incumbent)


Prosecutor (uncontested)

Dennis Watkins of Warren (D, incumbent)


Recorder (uncontested)

Tod Latell of Girard (D, incumbent)


Sheriff (uncontested)

Paul S. Monroe of Warren (D, incumbent)


Treasurer (uncontested)

Sam Lamancusa of Girard (D, incumbent)


Newton Falls Council, 3rd Ward

Lyle A. Waddell of Newton Falls (incumbent)
Tesa Spletzer of Newton Falls


State races

Ohio Senate

State Senator, 32nd District
This district encompasses all of Trumbull and Ashtabula counties and a portion of Geauga County.

Sean J. O’Brien of Cortland (D, incumbent)
Sandra O’Brien of Rome (R)


Ohio House of Representatives

State Representative, 63rd District
This district encompasses southeast Trumbull County. It includes all or portions of: Bazetta; Brookfield; Cortland; Girard; Fowler; Hartford; Vernon; Hubbard city and township; Liberty; Lordstown; McDonald; Newton; Newton Falls; Niles; Vienna; and Weathersfield.

Gil Blair of Niles (D, incumbent)
Mike Loychik of Cortland (R)

State Representative, 64th District
This district encompasses northwest Trumbull County and a portion of Ashtabula County. In Trumbull, it includes all or portions of: Champion Heights; Howland Center; Kinsman; North Bloomfield; and Warren.

Michael J. O’Brien of Warren (D, incumbent) 
Martha Yoder (R)


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, 13th District
This district encompasses southern Trumbull County, northern Mahoning County and portions of Stark and Portage counties. In Trumbull, it includes all or portions of: Bazetta; Braceville; Bolindale; Brookfield; Brookfield Center; Champion; Champion Heights; Churchill; Cortland; Girard; Hartford; Hilltop; Howland; Howland Center; Hubbard city and township; Liberty; Leavittsburg; Lordstown; Maplewood Park; Masury; McDonald; McKinley Heights; Mineral Ridge; Morgandale; Newton; Newton Falls; Niles; South Canal; Southington; Vienna; Vienna Center; Warren city and township; West Hill; Weathersfield and Yankee Lake.

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

U.S. Representative, 14th District
This district encompasses northern Trumbull County and all or portions of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Portage and Summit counties. In Trumbull, it includes all or parts of: Bloomfield; Bristol; Farmington; Fowler; Greene; Gustavus; Johnston; Kinsman; Mecca; Mesopotamia; and Vernon.

David P. Joyce of Chagrin Falls (R, incumbent)
Hillary O’Connor Mueri of Painesville (D) 


Local and state judicial races

Court of Common Pleas Judge (uncontested)

Peter J. Kontos of Warren 

Court of Common Pleas Judge, Probate Division (uncontested)

James A. Fredericka of Warren

11th District Court of Appeals Judge

Term beginning Feb. 9, 2021
Timothy P. Cannon of Painesville (incumbent)
Matt Lynch of Bainbridge

Term beginning Feb. 10, 2021
Cynthia Westcott Rice of Brookfield (incumbent)
Sarah Thomas Kovoor of Warren

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

Additional 0.6-mill, 10-year levy for parks; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $21 per year; $210 over 10 years.

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for children’s services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Bazetta Township (B-D, F, G)

Renewal of 0.6-mill, five-year levy for police services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $21 per year; $105 over five years.

Renewal of 1.8-mill, five-year levy for police services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $63 per year; $315 over five years.

Renewal of 0.6-mill, five-year levy for roads, streets and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $21 per year; $105 over five years.

Bloomfield Township

Replacement of 1.3-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay $45.50 per year; $227.50 over five years. Though property owners have already been paying this levy, it’s likely they will pay more if this updated levy passes.

Bristol Township (A & C)

Renewal of 1.1-mill, five-year levy for current expenses; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $38.50 per year; $192.50 over five years.

Renewal of 1.1-mill, five-year levy for roads, streets and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $38.50 per year; $192.50 over five years.

Champion Township (A-C, E-G, K)

Renewal of 1.1-mill, five-year levy for police services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $38.50 per year; $192.50 over five years.

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for roads, streets and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Cortland City (A, C, D, F, G, H)

Two proposed charter amendments

  • To allow the Planning, Zoning and Building Commission to set its meeting schedule during its annual reorganizational meeting in January (currently, the commission is required under the city charter to meet at least once a month) and to allow the commission to cancel meetings when there is no business to be conducted
  • To allow regular municipal elections to be held with the general election in the fall of odd-numbered years (currently, the regular municipal election is required under the city charter to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November)

Additional 1.5-mill, continuous levy for police services; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $52.50 per year.

Additional 1.5-mill, continuous levy for fire services; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $52.50 per year.

Renewal of 1.9-mill, five-year levy for operating expenses; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $66.50 per year; $332.50 over five years.

Girard City (1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3D, 4A, 4C)

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for garbage collection and disposal; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Hartford Township (A & B (excludes Orangeville Village))

Renewal of 2-mill, five-year levy for fire services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $70 per year; $350 over five years.

Howland Township (A, B, E, H, J, L, N, R, S, U, V, W-Y)

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for roads, streets and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Hubbard Township (A, B, D, F)

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for roads, streets and bridges; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

McDonald Village (A-C)

Renewal of 1.5-mill, five-year levy for current expenses; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $262.50 over five years.

Mecca Township (A & B)

Renewal of 1.5-mill, four-year levy for fire and EMS services; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $52.50 per year; $210 over four years.

Newton Falls Joint Fire District (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A; Newton Township A, B, D)

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire services; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Vienna Township (A-C)

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for police services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years.

Renewal of 1-mill, five-year levy for fire and EMS services; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $35 per year; $175 over five years. 

Warren City

Renewal of 0.5-percent, five-year income tax for police and fire services and road maintenance, effective Jan. 1, 2022
An employee working in the city who makes a gross annual income of $50,000 would continue paying $250 per year; $1,250 over five years.


School districts

Bristol Local Schools (Bristol Township A & C, Farmington Township, West Farmington Village)

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

Liberty Local Schools (A-N, excludes part of L, includes part of Girard City)

Additional 2.5-mill, five-year levy for permanent improvements; commencing in 2020, first due in 2021
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $87.50 per year; $437.50 over five years.

Renewal of 3.25-mill, five-year levy raising a total $740,680 for emergency requirements; commencing in 2021, first due in 2022
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would continue paying $113.75 per year; $568.75 over five years.


Liquor options

Brookfield Township Precinct B

Standard Market: Off-premise sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sunday

Liberty Township Precinct E

Liberty Quick Shop: Off-premise sale of wine and mixed beverages on Sunday

Vienna Township Precinct C

Vienna Ale House/Brothers Pizza: On/off-premise sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor on Sunday

Warren City Precinct 1G

Margarita King: On/off-premise sale of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor on Sunday




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