Hilliard Northwest News


Local voters will help decide several state, county races


Voters in the Hilliard school district will see few local races or issues on their Nov. 6 ballots, save a race for the Ohio House of Representatives and a handful of county contests.

They also will cast ballots for a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, a few state issues and, of course, the president of the United States.

Most Hilliard residents will vote on the 24th Ohio House District race, in which Republican Stephanie Kunze, a member of Hilliard City Council, and Democrat Maureen Reedy, an Upper Arlington teacher, are vying for an open seat created in last year's redistricting process.

Independent candidate Thomas Alban of Hilliard also is on the ballot.

A small number of residents in the northern areas of the school district will cast their votes for the 21st Ohio House District representative, while several in the southern reaches of the district will help to decide the 23rd District race.

The candidates in the 21st District are incumbent Republican Mike Duffey and Democrat Donna O'Connor.

The candidates in the 23rd District are incumbent Republican Cheryl Grossman and Democrat Traci "TJ" Johnson.

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

Other statewide ballot items include:

* State Issue 1, which 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, which 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.

In contested county 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.

Issue 56, a five-year, 1.3-mill county senior-services levy request, also is on the ballot. It would cost $39.81 a year per $100,000 of assessed property value and generate $34 million annually. It would be an increase from the 0.9-mill levy set to expire at the end of the year.

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.

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 cellphone 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 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 listed forms of identification, including a Social Security number, will 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.