July 1, 2016

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152 candidates, 10 issues on today’s ballot

Medina County voters today will decide 10 issues, including three school levies. Voters also will have their choice among 152 candidates on the ballot and nine write-in candidates.

Races to be decided include offices in the county’s three cities, township trustees in 17 townships and six villages.

Jayne Weidrick, of Spencer, casts her vote early on Monday afternoon at the Medina County Board of Elections during the last day of early voting. KIERA MANION-FISCHER / GAZETTE

A few voters on the county’s border will be choosing offices in the city of Rittman, Canaan Township and the village of Creston.

In addition to school board races in Medina County’s seven districts, some voters will choose candidates for Rittman and Norwayne school districts.

In addition to the school levies, other issues on the ballot include three township issues, a road levy in Brunswick and a local liquor option in Brunswick as well as a levy to support the Cleveland Metroparks in Hinckley Township.

The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today.

A total of 5,540 people voted early, including 3,571 people who voted on electronic voting machines at the Medina County Board of Elections office, and 1,745 who returned absentee ballots by mail.

“We have been busy the last few days,” said Carol Lawler, Medina County Board of Elections director. “It’s been picking up.”

The names of three candidates remain on the ballots because they withdrew after the ballots were finalized. They are James D. Coleman, who withdrew from the Spencer mayor’s race Sept. 4, making it uncontested; Bryon Macron, who withdrew from the Medina school board race Sept. 12; and Ron Mendel, who withdrew from the Wadsworth school board race.

A sign posted on each voting machines warns residents not to vote for the three because the votes will not be counted.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.