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Ohio voters -- at least a few of them -- go to the polls next week
School issues dominate special elections; voter interest often does not
Story by GRACE MURRAY


 
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Voters in 23 Ohio counties have issues to decide Tuesday in one of those traditionally low-turnout elections.

Of the 27 issues in the special election, two-thirds are related to schools.

The Ohio School Board Association‘s Damon Asbury says school districts often put failed levies back on the ballot in August. He says that draws mixed reactions, as casual voters are less likely to turn out.

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“Some people say, ‘Oh gee, it isn’t fair because only the school people are voting.’ Other people will say, ‘No it’s the people who are opposed to levies who are definitely going to vote. The ones who might vote for it aren’t in town.’ But you’re going to get fewer people voting, which I think some people take issue with that.” 

Asbury says, campaigning for the August ballot is difficult because those likely to vote are so scattered.

Nine of the issues on Tuesday’s ballot are in Northeast Ohio, all but one of which is for schools. They include districts in Medina, Wayne, Portage, Carroll and Cuyahoga counties. The city of Norton west of Akron also will be voting on a charter amendment that would shift sewer expenses to the general fund.

Here's the link to Tuesday's issues from the Ohio Secretary of State:
http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/elections/2013/aug/20130806localissues.pdf 

Listener Comments:

Why can't property owners get a break here? Hasn't the higher courts told the state of OH that property taxes are not the legal way to fund the schools? Why can't we find someone who will stand up and say that the courts have deemed this an unconstitutional way of funding? As a property owner who is nearing retirement, I will continue to go to the polls and vote against any school levy. Let's find a fair way to fund the schools. Let those renters and illegal residents who have so many kids in the school system pay their fair share to educate their kids. I can't afford it.


Posted by: Connie Huffman (Orrville) on July 31, 2013 1:07AM
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