German Village Gazette

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County, state races to be decided Nov. 6

German Village area residents will cast ballots in the Tuesday, Nov. 6, general election for not only president of the United States, but also for Franklin County offices as well as the U.S. House and the Ohio House and Senate.

The county races include the board of commissioners, prosecuting attorney, common pleas court clerk, sheriff, recorder, treasurer, engineer, coroner, common please court judge and domestic court judge.

County races, issues

In contested races, incumbent commissioner Paula Brooks, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican James Pfaff.

Incumbent Sheriff Zach Scott, a Democrat, is being challenged by Michael Herrell, a Republican.

Republican Daphne Hawk and Democrat Terry Brown are running for county recorder.

Incumbent Treasurer Edward Leonard, a Democrat, is being challenged by Julie Hubler, a Republican.

Kim Brown and Valoria Hoover will square off in a race for common pleas court judge.

Issue 56, a proposed tax levy for the Franklin County Office on Aging is also on the ballot.

State races, issues

Sherrod Brown, a Democrat is an incumbent U.S. senator who is being challenged by Republican Josh Mandel and Scott Rupert, an Independent.

In the race for the 3rd U.S. House District, Democrat Joyce Beatty is running against Chris Long, a Republican; Bob Fitrakis, a Green Party candidate; and Richard Ehrbar, a Libertarian.

Incumbent Rep. Steve Stivers, a Republican, is being challenged by Pat Lang, a Democrat in the race for the 15th U.S. House of Representatives seat.

Republican Bill Colgan will face Democrat Michael Stinziano in the race for the 18th Ohio House seat.

State Issue 1 asks voters if a convention should be held to revise, amend or change the state constitution.

The question is asked of voters every 20 years.

State Issue 2 is a proposed constitutional amendment to create a state-funded commission to draw legislative and congressional districts.

Its placement on the ballot is the result of an initiative petition.

Polling place notes

Polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Those who want to cast a regular ballot on Election Day must bring identification information with them.

According to the Franklin County Board of Elections, acceptable forms of identification include:

* A current and valid photo identification (such as an Ohio driver license card, state ID card or government ID). Photo identification must show name and current address (except that an Ohio driver license or State ID card does not need to show current address if the address in the poll book is current).

* A military identification that shows the voter's name (does not need to show address).

* A copy of a current (within the last 12 months) utility bill (including cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document (including from a public college or university) that shows the voter's name and current address.

Voters who do not provide one of those documents will still be able to vote by providing the last four digits of their Social Security number and by casting a provisional ballot.

Voters who do not have any of the above forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will still be able to vote by signing an affirmation swearing to the voter's identity under penalty of election falsification and by casting a provisional ballot.

If identification is not provided at the time the provisional ballot is cast, the provisional voter can provide a valid form of identification in person at the board of elections during the 10 days after the election.