YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday is Primary Election Day in Ohio.
There are several key races and issues we’ll be keeping an eye on, including four school levies. Three are renewals and one is for additional money.
Liberty Local Schools is looking for a 2.5 mills permanent improvements levy. It would last five years and cover things like building maintenance. The owner of a $100,000 house would pay about $87 more a year in taxes.
In Champion, the district is asking voters to renew a 1.5 mills school levy. The levy would generate about $106,000 a year for the district.
Trumbull County seems to have the most races going on, but only about 1/3 of the registered voters are eligible to participate in this election.
Voters in Warren will have to decide on whether or not to allow Sunday liquor sales. CharBenay’s Wine on the River on W. Market Street is asking for their permission, saying Sunday liquor sales would not only benefit the restaurant but the downtown Warren area as well.
City councils for Warren, Niles, Hubbard and Girard are also going to be on the ballot.
In Mahoning County, two communities are voting on levies.
Sebring is asking voters to renew a 1% income tax.
Voters in Struthers will decide on a 6.9 mills school expenses tax.
Struthers also has to vote on president of city council, which is a write-in vote. Four names are on the ballot and there are three seats available.
In Youngstown, three Democratic candidates are seeking the nomination to run for mayor in the fall. They include the incumbent Mayor Tito Brown, current councilman Julius Oliver and Ryan Kelly.
Whoever wins Tuesday will face off with Republican nominee Tracey Winbush and other independent candidates in the fall.
The Mahoning County Board of Elections said it expects turnout to be low for this election. Early and absentee voting in the county was only around 2,600 people as of noon Monday.
“That’s very, very low,” said Joyce Kale Pesta, director of the board. “Probably because we don’t have a complete county election. We only have the two cities and the small one in Sebring. That drives voter turnout, too, when you have county issues on the ballot.”
Voter turnout is traditionally abysmal for primary elections, usually hovering around 20% to 30% participation, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. Turnout for a presidential election is around the 70% mark.
If you plan to vote in person on Tuesday, polls in Ohio will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Remember to bring a photo ID. If you don’t have that, you’ll need a recent bill that has your name on it.
Columbiana County has no contested races.
We will have full election coverage on-air and online throughout the night.
This report does not represent all the issues and races in Ohio’s primary.