Primary election

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Like many cities in Northeast Ohio, Barberton—known as the magic city-- is facing issues of population loss, job loss, and financial difficulty. While it is a city rich in civic pride, those challenges are playing a role in next week’s Democratic mayoral primary.

Whoever wins will have to bring together a city divided. 

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Ohio's top elections official wants county election leaders to be proactive in planning for the 2020 Presidential Primary, especially since it will take place on March 17, St. Patrick's Day which means voters may see some changes.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose said he’s confident that all of Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections will find a way to conduct a fair, efficient, and accessible primary next March.

He also said local officials need to start thinking now about potential conflicts with St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 19:

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Voters in a Portage County school district approved two new levies, averting a financial crisis. It’s the first time in 28 years that Field Local Schools will be getting new tax dollars. Voters have renewed levies in the past but have not approved an increase since 1991.

Levy co-chair Erin Roberts has worked on levy campaigns for the past eight years. She says they used a variety of tools to get their message out this time around: social media, robo-calls, text messaging and print fliers.

Voters in 19 greater Cleveland communities will decide the fate of levies in their school districts when they head to the polls on Tuesday.

If approved, the money will be used to avoid a deficit for Brooklyn City Schools and to provide emergency resources for Parma City Schools, West Geauga and Green Local Schools to name a few.

Jennifer Houge with the Ohio School Boards Association says if voters don't pass the levies, these districts will have to make difficult decisions to balance their budgets.

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, September 5:

  • Akron voters to decide moving primary election;
  • Tennessee-based company to operate closed Massillon health center;
  • Two icelandic air careers cancel flights from Cleveland;
  • Two-tiered housing exists in Cleveland after financial crisis;
  • Toldeo police get new body cameras;
  • Metro RTA announces new executive director;
  • Cooling stations open amid heat wave;

Akron voters to decide moving primary election

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, August 28:

City and County leaders meet
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This could be the last year that Summit County holds its primary election on a different day from the state’s.

The mayors of five Summit County cities and the county executive want to move the local primary to May to coincide with the state’s.

Deputy County Elections Director Paula Sauter says it would save money and make absentee voting easier for on-duty military personnel.

Husted Says He Expects Moderate Voter Turnout

May 8, 2018
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More than 260,000 Ohioans have already voted before today’s primary election day. What might that mean to the state’s chief elections officer?

Historically, turnout for primaries in Ohio is just under 30 percent. But in spite of several expensive high profile races, especially for governor, Secretary of State Jon Husted says he’s expecting moderate turnout.

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  The final early voting numbers are in and Ohio has seen a larger turnout heading into this year's primary than in the last gubernatorial primary four years ago.

It’s easy to guess that this year’s hotly contested races for the Republican and Democratic nomination for governor contributed to the larger turnout. There's also a state constitutional amendment that would change how Ohio's congressional districts are drawn.