December 22, 2014

Medina
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Early voting runs through Friday at Medina County Board of Elections

MEDINA TWP. — Several thousand county residents already have cast a ballot for the November general election.

The Medina County Board of Elections reported 4.4 percent, or 5,332 registered voters, had submitted a ballot through Thursday. Overall, there are 120,809 registered voters countywide.

Part-time election worker NanEl Hendricks, of Sharon Township, organizes absentee ballots Friday morning at the Medina County Board of Elections Office. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY STEVE GRAZIER)

“We’ve had a good turnout,” Board of Elections Director Carol Gurney said Friday. “It’s been pretty steady at our office.”

Early voting in the county began Oct. 4 and runs through Friday, Gurney said. Voting at the elections office, 4210 N. Jefferson St., is scheduled 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday up to and including Friday.

County electors also can cast a ballot 8 a.m. to noon today at the board of elections office. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Three state issues appear to be generating interest among local voters, said Carol Lawler, deputy director of the board of elections. They are:

– Issue 1, which would increase the maximum age for assuming elected or an appointed judicial office from age 70 to 75.

– Issue 2, a repeal of Senate Bill 5, which limits the collective bargaining abilities of public employees. The law also bans public-worker strikes, scraps binding arbitration and eliminates step increases for teachers.

– Issue 3, if approved, would prohibit any local, state or federal law to require Ohio residents to purchase health insurance required by the federal health care reform law of 2010.

On Nov. 8, county voters will elect candidates for city and village councils, township trustee, school boards as well as Medina Municipal Court clerk. There are several money issues on the ballot that range from school funding to fire service.

In 2009, 44.1 percent, or 54,929 county voters, participated in the off-year election, Lawler said. For 2007 — a comparable election year to 2011 — the turnout was 30.1 percent, she said.

For more information about early voting in Medina County, contact the elections board office at (330) 722-9278.

Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or sgrazier@medina-gazette.com.