It is time once again to stand up and be counted. Election time is right around the corner. Registered citizens of the United States, it is time to exercise your 15th Amendment. Your right to vote. It is important to find out where to vote and what information is needed in order to cast your ballot. Please get informed. Early voting registration ended early October. However, a voter can contact their voting district to get information on polling places and a sample ballot by computer. In Ohio, specifically Summit County, this information can be found on Summit County Board of Elections. Candidates up for election or re-election who make decisions for the whole of Ohio can be found on Jon Husted, Secretary for Ohio, website. Here a candidate’s name can be entered and information about the party, issues, and background information can be found.
Ohio, along with Summit County is facing quite a few candidates up for re-election along with new comers running for office this year. On the ballot are Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, and Treasurer of State. Candidates for the 13th District of Congress and State Representative for 35th District are on the ballot. This year Summit County will be voting for County Council Members at large, State Board of Education, Justice of Supreme Court, Judge of Common Pleas, Judge of Appeals, Judge of Probate Division, and Judge of Domestic Relations.
Issue 12 is on the ballot, which proposes a Sales & Use Tax of ¼ % for Summit County. Issue 13 is a Proposed Charter Amendment for Summit County. This is an Amendment to the Charter of the County of Summit to adopt Article VIII to consolidate information technology and data processing operations in Summit County government by creating a County Information Technology Board and a Department of Information Technology. Issue 14 is another Proposed Charter Amendment for Summit County. This is an Amendment to Article III, Section 3.04 of the Charter of the County of Summit to provide that on the first Monday of each year, which is not a legal holiday, the County Council shall organize by electing one of its members as President and one other member as Vice-President for terms of one year.
Although voting can appear to be a hassle and at times and inconvenience, it is also a right and an obligation. In the end, vote your conscience. Unsure of who or what to vote for? Get informed. See you at the polls.