Local issues highlight today’s election ballot

WARREN – Today is Election Day, and the polls in Ohio are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Issues or races appear on the ballot for every Trumbull County and Mahoning County community.

Voters who have requested a ballot via mail, are required to return the ballot by mail, postmarked no later than today, in order for the votes to be counted, board of elections officials stressed.

Kelly Pallante, director of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, said beginning Wednesday, board workers will be checking postmarks of all ballots received at the board of elections. Anything postmarked later than today will be excluded from the final count.

”We’ll be watching the mail and if any are postmarked by (today), they will get added in with the official,” she said.

Mailed ballots postmarked by Tuesday must be received by the board by Nov. 15.

If residents plan to vote in person today, board of elections officials also are reminding voters to bring necessary identifcation. That can include a current and valid photo identification, military identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or other government document that shows your name and current address.

Not included among the acceptable forms of identification is the voter registration notification from the elections board.

During a board of elections meeting Monday, the board already voted to reject two absentee ballots because they were returned missing tear-off stubs. The board also gave permission to remake one ballot because the voter was given an incorrect ballot.