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Mahoning Valley voter guide: What you need to know now for Ohio's 2021 primary election

This guide has all the candidates and issues appearing on Mahoning and Trumbull counties' May 4 primary ballots.

This guide has all the candidates and issues appearing on Mahoning and Trumbull counties' May 4 primary ballots. Columbiana County's primary election was canceled, and there are no contested primary races.

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In this guide:


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 your county board of elections:

  • Mahoning County Board of Elections, 345 Oak Hill Ave., Suite 101, Youngstown, OH 44502
  • 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: Right now. There's less than a week to register. To vote in the May 4 election, your registration application must be received by mail, or sent online, or delivered to the board of elections office no later than Monday, April 5, which is 30 days before the election. If you haven't yet mailed your registration, you should personally deliver it to your elections board.

Who can register to vote: U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old on or before May 4, 2021, 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. Voters can print the application form from the Secretary of State website and mail it to their county elections board at the address above.

County elections boards are expected to begin mailing absentee ballots on April 6.

When to request an absentee/mail-in ballot: You can request an absentee ballot now for the primary election on May 4. The window to request is open until May 1, 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: To be eligible for counting, your completed mail-in ballot must be postmarked — at the latest — by May 3, the day before the election, and received by your county elections board no later than May 14.

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.
  • In Trumbull County, the absentee/mail-in 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.

How, where and when to vote early in-person: You can vote early at your county elections office, at the address above, which will open for early voting April 6. 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, April 6 to Friday, April 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 12 to Friday, April 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 19 to Friday, April 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 1: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 2: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 3: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where do I vote on Election Day? On Election Day, May 4, you'll visit your polling place to vote in-person. 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.

  • To find your Mahoning County voting precinct, click here.
  • To find your Trumbull County voting precinct, click here.

What if I have an emergency on Election Day? If an accident or medical emergency causes a voter or their minor child to be hospitalized, voters can request an absentee ballot as late as 3 p.m. on Election Day, May 4.

How to be a poll worker: Ohio relies on several thousand registered, bipartisan voters to work the polls in each election. 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. 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 to sign up. In Trumbull County, you can also download an application from the county elections board website.

Still have questions? Visit Ohio's voter portal, VoteOhio.gov.

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


Mahoning County candidates

Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. If you're registered to vote, click here to view your sample ballot.

City of Youngstown

Mayor (Democratic)

Jamael Tito Brown (incumbent)
Ryan Kelly
Julius Oliver

President of city council (Democratic)

DeMaine J. Kitchen (write-in, incumbent)
Thomas Hetrick (write-in)
Lee David Pupio (write-in)


City of Struthers

City council at-large (Democratic, select three)

James Baluck (incumbent)
Dallas A. Bigley (incumbent)
Megan L. Pingley (incumbent)
Tom Lallo

Uncontested city council races (Democratic)

Lori A. Greenwood (1st Ward, incumbent)
Ron Carcelli (2nd Ward, incumbent)
Robert D. Burnside (3rd Ward, incumbent)
Rick Bayus (4th Ward, incumbent)


Mahoning County questions and issues

Below are proposed levies and other issues up to Mahoning County voters on May 4, 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.

Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. If you're registered to vote, click here to view your sample ballot.

Sebring Local School District
(Sebring Village precincts 1 & 2, as well as parts of 3 & 4; and parts of Smith Township precincts 3 & 4)

Renewal of a 1 percent, five-year income tax for current operating expenses
A district resident making $50,000 in gross annual income would continue paying $500 per year; $2,500 over five years, starting Jan. 1, 2022.

Struthers City School District
(All Struthers City precincts; Part of Coitsville Township precinct 2; and Poland Township precincts 6 & 12 and parts of precinct 1)

Renewal of a 6.9-mill, five-year levy for current expenses
The owner of a home valued at $100,000 would continue paying $241.50 a year, $1,207.50 over five years, commencing in 2021 and first due in 2022.


Trumbull County candidates

Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. If you're registered to vote, click here to view your sample ballot.

City of Warren

City council 1st Ward (Democratic)

Larry D. Larson (incumbent)
Amanda Powell-Herbert

City council 2nd Ward (Democratic)

Alford L. Novak (incumbent)
Andrew Herman

City council 2nd Ward (Republican, uncontested)

David C. Burnham (R)

City council 5th Ward (Democratic)

Ashley Miner
Pierson Butcher

City council 6th Ward (Democratic)

Cheryl Saffold (incumbent)
Erica J. Royster

City council 7th Ward (Democratic)

Ronald E. White Sr. (incumbent)
Susan Hartman


City of Niles

City council at-large (Democratic, select three)

Michael A. Lastic (incumbent)
Jimmy Julian (incumbent)
Albert J. Cantola (4th Ward incumbent)
Richard Hale

Uncontested races (Democratic)

Stephen Telego Sr. (treasurer, incumbent)
Robert Marino (president, incumbent)
Doug Sollitto (city council 1st Ward, incumbent)
Sheri Smith (city council 2nd Ward, incumbent)
Linda Marchese (city council 3rd Ward, incumbent)
Mindy Devorich (city council 4th Ward)


City of Girard

City council 4th Ward (Democratic)

Thomas F. Grumley (incumbent)
Rashaan Dykes


City of Hubbard

City council 2nd Ward (Democratic)

Robin V. Zambrini (incumbent)
Paul R. Toth

City council 4th Ward (Democratic)

Michael K. Toda (incumbent)
Cathy Cummings


Trumbull County questions and issues

Below are proposed levies and other issues up to Trumbull County voters on May 4, 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.

Your ballot will look different depending on where you live. If you're registered to vote, click here to view your sample ballot.

Champion Local School District
(All Champion Township precincts, part of Bazetta Township precinct G)

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

Liberty Local School District
(Liberty Township precincts A through L, excluding part of L; part of Girard City precincts 1A, 2A & 4C)

Additional 2.5-mill levy, five-year for permanent improvements, generating $157,719 per year
The owner of a property valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $87.50 per year; $437.50 over five years, commencing in 2021 and first due in 2022.

Warren City precinct 1B liquor option

Charbenay's, West Market Street: Sunday sales