You Decide 2014: Big issues before NE Ohioans on Nov. 4

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There are just two days until Tuesday’s general election.

More than 272,000 absentee ballots have been cast ahead of the fall election. More than 7.7 million Ohioans were registered to vote as of Oct. 1.

Voters will choose the next governor along with several other statewide officeholders and will decide several local issues.

Where, when and how to vote

Many voters have already cast their ballots by taking advantage of early voting. Ohioans can vote absentee by mail or in person before Nov. 4.

Whether you cast your ballot early or you go to the polls on Tuesday, you must bring identification with you when you vote. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

“If you have a state I.D. or a driver’s license, that’s always ideal. Of course, you can bring any kind of government paycheck, document, and bank document – things of that nature that have your name and current address on them,” said Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Vote by mail absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday, Nov. 3 to be counted. They can also be returned to a drop box in the parking lot of the Board of Elections until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Election Day.


One of the biggest issues on the ballot for residents in Ohio is the gubernatorial race. Current Republican Gov. John Kasich is attempting reelection, being challenged by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald, a Democrat.

A Columbus Dispatch poll indicates that Kasich has a commanding lead against Fitzgerald.

In the attorney general race, incumbent Republican Mike DeWine will face off against Democrat David Pepper.

In the state auditor's race, incumbent Republican Dave Yost is up against Libertarian Bob Bridges and Democrat John Patrick Carney.

And in the state treasurer's race, incumbent Republican Josh Mandel is being challenged by Democrat Connie Pillich.

Another big issue for Cleveland residents is Issue 35, in which voters will decide whether to ban traffic cameras in the city. There are currently 64 speed and red light cameras.

And in Cuyahoga County, voters will decide their next county executive.  Democrat Armond Budish and Republican Jack Schron are facing off for the seat.

On Election Day, rely on Fox 8 News and for complete coverage.

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