CLEVELAND (WJW) – Polls are officially closed for the May 2 primary election.
The election doesn’t feature any major issues or races statewide, but there are several school levies and bonds on the ballot for NE Ohio. There are also at least 12 mayoral races, including the battle in Akron.
Here’s everything you need to know about the primary election.
The standout mayoral race of the election is in Akron, where seven Democratic candidates are seeking to replace outgoing Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan. No Republican candidates qualified to be on the ballot.
Candidates are: Tara Mosley; Marco Somerville; Shammas Malik; Jeff Wilhite; Mark Greer; Joshua Schaffer; and Keith Mills.
See below for a full list of cities with mayoral races:
There are over 30 levies and bonds on the ballot for several districts in Northeast Ohio Tuesday.
Parma Schools is trying for the fourth time to pass a bond issue. In November, voters rejected the bond issue with 52 percent of people voting against it. The $199M bond issue would fund constructing a new high school along with renovating and improving other buildings.
Meanwhile, Mapleton Schools in Ashland are asking for the first new money in 32 years. The .75 percent additional five-year income tax levy would generate funds to go to current expenses.
All districts with issues on the ballot are:
- Beachwood Schools
- Brunswick City Schools
- Buckeye Local Schools
- Canton Schools
- Conneaut Schools
- Crestline School District
- Edison Schools
- Garfield Heights Schools
- Green Local Schools
- Hillsdale Schools
- Independence Schools
- Kirtland Schools
- Lake Local Schools
- Louisville Schools
- Madison Local Schools
- Manchester Local Schools
- Mapleton Schools
- Midview Local Schools
- Mogadore Local Schools
- North Ridgeville Schools
- Parma Schools
- Perkins Schools
- Perry Local Schools
- Ravenna City Schools
- Springfield Local Schools
- Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools
- Triway Local Schools
- Willoughby-Eastlake Schools
- Waterloo Local Schools
- Woodridge Local Schools
- Wooster City Schools
- West Holmes Schools
Where to vote
The Ohio Secretary of State’s website lets you search for your polling location. First, click on your county, then enter your address.
Polls were open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
Vote by mail
To request and vote on an absentee ballot, you must have completed the absentee ballot request form and mailed the form to your county board of elections.
Once you received your ballot in the mail, vote, and returned your voted ballot either by mail and postmarked no later than the day before election day (May 1) or in-person to your county board of elections before the polls closed at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot was on April 25, seven days before the May 2 primary election in Ohio.
Voter ID requirements
A new identification rule began when Ohio’s early voting started on April 4. Now, any person who shows up to vote has to bring a photo ID with them.
In the past, voters were able to use forms of id that didn’t have their picture on them like bank statements, government checks, or some kind of utility bill. Those days are over.
There is also one new method of ID people can now use: Your passport.
Valid types of photo identification include:
- Ohio driver’s license
- State of Ohio ID card
- Interim ID form issued by the Ohio BMV
- A US passport
- A US passport card
- US military ID card
- Ohio National Guard ID card
- US Department of Veterans Affairs ID card
All photo IDs must have an expiration date that has not passed, a photo of the voter and the voter’s name.
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