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Your Education Guide to Election Day November 2013: Where to Vote and What’s on the Ballot

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There are 194 school issues — nearly all tax issues — on the ballot for the Nov 5 general election. (There are also non-school related tax issues, local office elections and charter amendments on the ballot.)

That’s about as many school tax issues as were on the ballot in 2011, the last off-year election.

This year, about 60 percent of districts are basically asking voters to increase taxes by approving new taxes or replacing existing levies. The rest are asking voters to renew existing taxes. That’s roughly the same pattern we saw in 2011.

And, as in 2011, most districts on the ballot — about 70 percent this year — are asking voters to approve property tax levies. Others are asking voters to approve income taxes, taxes to fund bonds or a combination of different types of taxes.

Columbus, Ohio’s largest school district, is asking voters to approve a new tax levy. Columbus has a 9-mill levy on the ballot. If it passes, local tax bills would increase by 24 percent. And, for the first time in Columbus, part of the levy proceeds would go directly to charter schools. In the wake of the Columbus data-rigging scandal, Columbus is also asking voters to approve the creation of a new independent auditor.

If your local school district has a levy on the ballot, here’s how to vote.

Absentee Voting by Mail

If you want to vote by mail, you can request an absentee ballot from your county board of elections. The county board must receive your request by Saturday at noon. To cast an absentee ballot by mail, you must complete, sign and seal your completed ballot, and mail it back to your county board of elections. Ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 4. (You can also return your absentee ballot in person to your board of election before the polls close on Election Day, Nov. 5.)

Voting In-Person on Election Day

The polls are open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Nov 5. On election day, you must cast your ballot in your precinct at your designated polling place. (You can find your polling place here.) Remember to bring proper form of ID.

Nov. 5 Ohio School Issues

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Question Type
Anthony Wayne LSDLucasLevyAdditional
Arlington LSDHancockCombinationAdditional
Avon LSDLorainLevyRenewal
Ayersville LSDDefianceLevyRenewal
Bath LSDAllenLevyRenewal
Beavercreek CSDGreeneLevyAdditional
Bellaire LSDBelmontLevyAdditional
Benjamin Logan LSDLoganLevyAdditional
Benton-Carroll-Salem LSDOttawaLevyRenewal
Benton-Carroll-Salem LSDOttawaLevyRenewal
Berkshire LSDGeaugaLevyRenewal
Berne Union LSDFairfieldIncome TaxReplacement
Bettsville LSDSenecaLevyReplacement
Bloom Carroll LSDFairfieldCombinationAdditional
Brecksville-Broadview Heights CSDCuyahogaLevyRenewal
Bristol LSDTrumbullCombinationAdditional
Brooklyn CSDCuyahogaLevyRenewal
Brookville LSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
Brunswick LSDMedinaLevyAdditional
Bryan CSDWilliamsBondBond
Buckeye JVSDTuscarawasLevyRenewal
Canfield LSDMahoningLevyAdditional
Canton LSDStarkBondBond
Cardington-Lincoln LSDMorrowIncome TaxNew
Carrollton EVSDCarrollLevyAdditional
Centerville CSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
Chardon LSDGeaugaLevyAdditional
Clark-Shawnee LSDClarkLevyAdditional
Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. CSDCuyahogaBondBond
Clinton-Massie LSDClintonIncome TaxNew
Cloverleaf LSDMedinaLevyAdditional
Colonel Crawford LSDCrawfordLevyAdditional
Colonel Crawford LSDCrawfordBondBond
Columbia LSDLorainLevyAdditional
Columbiana EVSDColumbianaBondBond
Columbus CSDFranklinCombinationAdditional
Columbus CSDFranklinMisc Misc
Continental LSDPutnamLevyRenewal
Coshocton County JVSDCoshoctonLevyAdditional
Coshocton CSDCoshoctonLevyRenewal
Crestview LSDVan WertIncome TaxRenewal
Deer Park Community CSDHamiltonLevyAdditional
East Guernsey LSDGuernseyLevyAdditional
East Knox LSDKnoxCombinationAdditional
Eastwood LSDWoodLevyRenewal
Eaton Community CSDPrebleIncome TaxRenewal
Edison LSDJeffersonLevyAdditional
EHOVE JVSDErieLevyReplacement
Elida LSDAllenLevyAdditional
Elmwood LSDWoodIncome TaxRenewal
Elmwood LSDWoodIncome TaxRenewal
Elyria CSDLorainLevyRenewal
Evergreen LSDFultonIncome TaxRenewal
Fairbanks LSDUnionLevyRenewal
Fairfield CSDButlerCombinationAdditional
Fairless LSDStarkLevyAdditional
Fairport Harbor EVSDLakeLevyRenewal
Field LSDPortageLevyAdditional
Franklin CSDWarrenLevyAdditional
Franklin LSDMuskingumLevyAdditional
Frontier LSDWashingtonLevyAdditional
Galion CSDCrawfordLevyAdditional
Garaway LSDTuscarawasCombinationAdditional
Geneva Area CSDAshtabulaLevyRenewal
Gibsonburg EVSDSanduskyIncome TaxNew
Graham LSDChampaignLevyRenewal
Granville EVSDLickingLevyAdditional
Heath CSDLickingLevyAdditional
Hillsdale LSDAshlandIncome TaxNew
Holgate LSDHenryLevyRenewal
Holgate LSDHenryLevyRenewal
Howland LSDTrumbullLevyAdditional
Huber Heights CSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
Huron CSDErieLevyRenewal
Independence LSDCuyahogaLevyRenewal
Indian Lake LSDLoganLevyRenewal
Indian Valley LSDTuscarawasLevyRenewal
James A. Garfield LSDPortageLevyRenewal
Jefferson Area LSDAshtabulaLevyRenewal
Jefferson Co JVSDJeffersonLevyAdditional
Jefferson Twp LSDMontgomeryLevyRenewal
Kettering CSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
LaBrae LSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
Lakewood CSDCuyahogaCombinationAdditional
Lakota LSDButlerLevyAdditional
Lebanon CSDWarrenCombinationAdditional
Ledgemont LSDGeaugaCombinationAdditional
Leipsic LSDPutnamLevyRenewal
Liberty-Benton LSDHancockCombinationAdditional
Lincolnview LSDVan WertLevyRenewal
Logan Elm LSDPickawayCombinationAdditional
Lorain County Community CollegeLorainLevyRenewal
Lordstown LSDTrumbullLevyAdditional
Loudonville-Perrysville EVSDAshlandLevyReplacement
Madison LSDLakeLevyRenewal
Madison-Plains LSDMadisonLevyRenewal
Manchester LSDSummitLevyAdditional
Mansfield CSDRichlandLevyAdditional
Maplewood LSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
Marlington LSDStarkLevyRenewal
Marysville EVSDUnionLevyRenewal
Massillon CSDStarkLevyRenewal
Mathews LSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
Mathews LSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
Mechanicsburg EVSDChampaignLevyRenewal
Medina CSDMedinaLevyAdditional
Middletown CSDButlerCombinationAdditional
Millcreek-West Unity LSDWilliamsLevyAdditional
Minster LSDAuglaizeLevyRenewal
Mogadore LSDSummitLevyAdditional
Monroeville LSDHuronLevyRenewal
Mount Vernon CSDKnoxLevyRenewal
Mt. Gilead EVSDMorrowIncome TaxNew
Napoleon Area CSDHenryLevyAdditional
New Bremen LSDAuglaizeCombinationAdditional
New Knoxville LSDAuglaizeIncome TaxRenewal
New Philadelphia CSDTuscarawasLevyAdditional
Newark CSDLickingLevyRenewal
Newbury LSDGeaugaLevyAdditional
North Fork LSDLickingIncome TaxRenewal
North Ridgeville CSDLorainCombinationAdditional
North Royalton CSDCuyahogaBondBond
Northeastern LSDDefianceLevyAdditional
Northeastern LSDClarkIncome TaxNew
Northmor LSDMorrowLevyAdditional
Northwestern LSDWayneLevyRenewal
Northwood LSDWoodCombinationAdditional
Norton CSDSummitBondBond
Norwalk CSDHuronIncome TaxReplacement
Norwayne LSDWayneIncome TaxNew
Oak Hills LSDHamiltonLevyAdditional
Oakwood CSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
Old Fort LSDSenecaIncome TaxRenewal
Olmsted Falls CSDCuyahogaBondBond
Osnaburg LSDStarkLevyAdditional
Ottawa Hills LSDLucasLevyAdditional
Paulding EVSDPauldingLevyRenewal
Perkins LSDErieLevyAdditional
Perry LSDAllenCombinationAdditional
Perry LSDStarkLevyRenewal
Pleasant LSDMarionLevyAdditional
Port Clinton CSDOttawaLevyRenewal
Ravenna CSDPortageLevyAdditional
Ridgedale LSDMarionCombinationAdditional
Ripley Union Huntington LSDBrownLevyAdditional
Riverdale LSDHancockIncome TaxRenewal
Riverside LSDLoganIncome TaxRenewal
Rossford EVSDWoodBondBond
Scioto Co. Career Technical CenterSciotoLevyRenewal
Sebring LSDMahoningLevyAdditional
Shadyside LSDBelmontLevyAdditional
Shawnee LSDAllenLevyRenewal
Sidney CSDShelbyIncome TaxNew
Solon CSDCuyahogaLevyAdditional
South Range LSDMahoningLevyAdditional
Southern LSDPerry LevyAdditional
Southern LSDMeigsLevyRenewal
Southington LSDTrumbullLevyAdditional
Southwest Licking LSDLickingBondBond
Springboro Community CSDWarrenLevyRenewal
Springfield LSDLucasLevyAdditional
Streetsboro CSDPortageCombinationAdditional
Switzerland of Ohio LSDMonroeLevyAdditional
Tallmadge CSDSummitLevyRenewal
Tecumseh LSDClarkLevyAdditional
Three Rivers LSDHamiltonLevyRenewal
Toledo CSDLucasLevyRenewal
Tri-County North LSDPrebleIncome TaxNew
Tri-Rivers JVSDMarionLevyReplacement
Triad LSDChampaignIncome TaxNew
Triad LSDChampaignIncome TaxRenewal
Trimble LSDAthensLevyAdditional
Troy CSDMiamiLevyRenewal
Tuscarawas Valley LSDTuscarawasLevyAdditional
Twin Valley LSDPrebleIncome TaxNew
Twinsburg CSDSummitLevyRenewal
United LSDColumbianaLevyAdditional
Upper Arlington CSDFranklinLevyAdditional
Upper Sandusky EVSDWyandotIncome TaxRenewal
Upper Scioto Valley LSDHardinLevyAdditional
Urbana CSDChampaignLevyRenewal
Van Buren LSDHancockLevyRenewal
Vandalia-Butler CSDMontgomeryLevyAdditional
Warren CSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
Wayne LSDWarrenLevyRenewal
Weathersfield LSDTrumbullLevyRenewal
West Branch LSDMahoningIncome TaxNew
West Clermont LSDClermontLevyAdditional
Westlake CSDCuyahogaLevyAdditional
Williamsburg LSDClermontLevyRenewal
Willoughby-Eastlake CSDLakeLevyRenewal
Windham EVSDPortageLevyRenewal
Woodmore LSDSanduskyLevyRenewal
Yellow Springs EVSDGreeneLevyRenewal

Source: Ohio Secretary of State
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Note: Some districts are located in more than one county. The “county” column indicates the most populous county that includes a given school district.


  • Kaffa

    Because the Lottery is not being used the way it was promised to be used in the 70′s. 100% of it should go to schools and relieve the tax payer of the excessive property taxes that are thrust on us. Plus, NO MORE tax abatements for businesses or corporations….that’s money that could also help our schools and make the property tax situation far more fair.

    • Kaz

      That would be amazing. However, remember ed when some moron decided to challenge this years ago, and claim that it was unconstitutional? That’s why we no longer have the lottery money going to our schools.

    • Slaw76

      Here’s a novel thought: why don’t parents pay for their own children to go to school instead of trying to make their neighbors pay for it?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ender-Wiggin/100000885624281 Ender Wiggin

        here’s a novel thought, children not being morons is a benefit to society, not an entitlement. one day that kid could have his fingers inside your chest doing open heart surgery.

        • Slaw76

          Whether or not a child is a moron has absolutely nothing to do with forcing other people to pay for the parents’ decision to bring a child into the word. Moreover, your snark is not a substitute for a substantive argument. Do you think that children won’t be educated absent an oppressive government forcing others pay for parents’ children? Could you be that stupid?

      • Frank

        Because, douchebag, that’s not how it works.

    • gramdaisy

      I think we should get rid of loopholes for businesses because they go too far in helping them cheat. That being said, the premise behind giving breaks to businesses coming into the area or expanding is that there would be more taxes coming in because of the employees they hire. These employees will pay more taxes and spend more in the community than the businesses would be putting into the community with the taxes they pay. As more people come into the community, all areas benefit, retail, schools, Dr’s, hospitals….everyone. And businesses will have money to pay for their employees medical insurance so people don’t use emergency room….oops not if they change their policies. Obama lied….again!

  • Joe Hill

    Cleveland Heights-University Heights Voters: Don’t forget Issue 81. Vote AGAINST this bloated $157 MILLION plan for a 38 year tax increase, to pay for renovations at only three schools — while leaving all our other schools (including all seven elementary schools) to decay and deteriorate. Instead, they are ignored for the next 7-10 years, and they get NO MONEY WHATSOEVER, unless a future school board, in 2020 or 2023, puts another property tax on the ballot and it passes. Here’s a short video that gives you more detailed information: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfKHSV6g9rU

  • PStarr

    The NEA teacher’s union gets the school levy windfall (National Education Ass. – http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/printgroupProfile.asp?grpid=7428), which they then use to bribe or threaten the Democrats with to get their policies passed. School levies art blatant robbery, especially for those of us who have NO kids. And don’t give me the “they’re our future” garbage. I personally don’t want any Democrat-indoctrinated public school students running for any future office. They aren’t my future.

    • cathecticcathartic

      Wow, you just went full retard. Never go full retard.

    • M Jordan

      I absolutely agree. It’s time every government-run organization stopped thinking that when they are inefficient, we’ll just cough up more tax money. I don’t get to do that at home, and frankly, I’m tapped out. Trim the fat; tell the unions to stop donating to Democrat candidates; lower the union dues to help the teachers with something that will actually do them some good.

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