July 6, 2015

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Poll reveals majority of Ohio voters favor marijuana legalization

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Staff and wire reports As advocacy groups collect signatures for legalization efforts, a poll reveals the majority of Ohio voters support marijuana legalization. The latest measure, set for the 2016 ballot, is championed by Cleveland-based Ohioans to End Prohibition, which began collecting signatures Monday. If approved by voters, the Cannabis Control Amendment would extend the Read More…

Medina County Board of Elections ready for voting

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Early voting starts today in Ohio, and so far, 150 people have requested absentee ballots from the Medina County Board of Elections. The first ballots will be sent out this week. On Monday, Board of Elections workers were conducting final checks for accuracy on voting machines that will be used during the May 5 primary. Read More…

Absentee ballots on their way for registered military, overseas voter

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The Ohio secretary of state’s office said county boards have begun mailing absentee ballots to registered military and overseas voters who have requested a ballot. Military and overseas voters who have not yet submitted a request for an absentee ballot may go to www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com to download an application. Requests must be received by noon May Read More…

Critics call on Gov. John Kasich to leave out voter item in transportation budget

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Out-of-state college students in Ohio who want to vote in the swing state could be required to get an Ohio driver’s license and register their vehicles here under a provision tucked into a state transportation budget that Gov. John Kasich has before him. Democrats, the League of Women Voters and the American Read More…

Silence heard at public hearing about Medina County social services levy

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There was a public hearing Tuesday night on the 0.8-mill social services levy on the May 5 ballot, but the public didn’t show. “In a perfect world, we would have gotten all of our (public hearing) flyers out by Friday but we didn’t,” said Michael Jenks, director of the Medina County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Read More…

Conservative youth group visits Ohio to urge Republicans to accept gay marriage

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CINCINNATI — Activists who don’t want the Republican Party’s 2016 platform to oppose same-sex marriage will promote their effort in a swing through Ohio. The Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry will have representatives in Cincinnati on Tuesday, followed by Columbus and Cleveland later this week. They’re talking about their “Reform the Platform” campaign Read More…

Deputy director resigns from Medina County Board of Elections

Carol Gurney

The Medina County Board of Elections is looking for a new deputy director after Carol Gurney’s resignation was accepted last week. “We wish her well and we’re really going to miss her,” said Pamela Miller, chair of the county Board of Elections. Advertisements for the position will be posted this week, and the Medina County Read More…

Brunswick Schools pulls levy because Ohio to award more funding

Mike Mayell

The Brunswick Board of Education on Monday voted to remove a nine-year, 5.9-mill emergency levy from the May ballot. The move comes after preliminary estimates from Gov. John Kasich’s office show the district is slated to get $5.1 million more funding over the next two years. “We will not be on the ballot this May,” Read More…

Ohio’s marijuana legalization ballot proposal revised to include home grow

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Ohioans would be able to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use under a revised constitutional amendment proposed by ResponsibleOhio. The initial draft ballot language for the marijuana legalization amendment, released last week, hadn’t allowed people to grow their own plants, a restriction that drew criticism from other pro-marijuana advocates. “After extensive conversations Read More…

Survey asks county for input on services ahead of May 5 primary

Medina County has launched an online poll to gather residents’ opinions on human services provided by the county. County officials are seeking feedback on what services are most important to the community before the May 5 primary. Medina County commissioners voted in December to put a 0.8-mill levy on the May ballot that would generate Read More…