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Published: Tuesday, 4/2/2013

Ohio early voting starts today for May 7 ballot

BY TOM TROY
BLADE POLITICS WRITER

Early voting started today in Ohio for candidates and issues on the May 7 ballot.

On the ballot in Lucas County are levies in the Oregon and Swanton school districts and a zoning question in Waterville.

In Wood County, Perrysburg voters will decide whether to establish a public transportation levy and nominate a Republican candidate for Perrysburg Municipal Court.

Lucas County voters can cast ballots from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Government Center downtown through May 2. On Friday, May 3, early voting ends at 6 p.m. Polls will be open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

In Wood County, early voting takes place at the county courthouse in Bowling Green Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except that voting is open until 9 p.m. on April 8 and 6 p.m. on May 3.

Oregon Local Schools is seeking renewal of a five-year, 2-mill improvement levy. The election is open to voters in Oregon and Jerusalem Township.

The Swanton Local School District is seeking a levy of 4.4 mills for capital improvements. Voting is open for people who live in the Swanton school district portions of Harding, Spencer, and Swanton townships.

In Waterville, voters will decide whether to designate the zoning of Kensington Gardens, at 8375 Waterville-Monclova Rd., as R-1, “residence,” instead of its current zoning of R-3, “multi-family, low density.”

The candidates for the Republican judicial nomination in Perrysburg are C. Drew Griffith, Molly Mack, and Aram Matthew Ohanian, all of Perrysburg. The winner of the primary contest will advance to the general election when voters will elect a new judge to replace Judge S. Dwight Osterud who plans to retire.

No candidates filed for the Democratic nomination, however at least two people have said they may file to run as non-partisan candidates on the general election ballot Nov. 5. The filing deadline is May 6.

The court has jurisdiction over misdemeanor criminal and traffic cases and small claims issues in Perrysburg, Northwood, Rossford, Walbridge, Millbury, and Perrysburg, Lake, and Troy townships.

The public transportation issue is a 0.8-mill levy for five years to pay for bus service in Perrysburg to replace TARTA.

Bowling Green voters will decide whether to renew a three-year, 1.4-mill parks and recreation levy. And in Bradner, the village is seeking a new tax of 2 mills for two years for parks and recreation.

The deadline to register to vote in Ohio in the May 7 primary election is April 8.

In Michigan, the deadline to register is April 9. Michigan polls will be open on May 7 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no early voting in person, however voters may request an absentee ballot by mail by 2 p.m. May 4 or in-person by 4 p.m. May 6.



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