Tuesday, 05 May 2015 21:41

Voters Love Libraries

What's not to love about a place that can transport you to anywhere on earth, anytime in history or the future, or even in and out of dimensions never before explored?

All with a membership card; the major issues on this special election day were for libraries covering the Akron-Summit County Library and Barberton Public Library systems. Both have been making the case declining state assistance at a time of great transition for lending libraries -- moving from hard copies to digital -- requires more support. Both organizations put renewal and increased levy bids before voters in this early spring ballot period hoping for the best but planning for another trip to the polls if needed by the end of the year.

The move to get it done early appears to be working.

Both Issue 8 for the Akron-Summit County Library and Issue 9 for the Barberton Public Library were enjoying support as early and absentee voting results were tallied just as polls closed at 7:30 p.m. The turnout was forecast to be very small, and those forecasts were right on target.

It turned out to be smart levy placement for area schools, too. All those on the Summit County ballot were winning by respectable margins despite Portage County precincts where votes were trending in the "against" column but not enough to outweigh the Summit County tally.

Results from the Summit County Board of Election are updated through the night; results for Aurora and Mogadore are for Summit County only and do not include results from Portage County precincts.

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RUN DATE:05/05/15 09:50 PM STATISTICS

TOTAL VOTES % ABSENTEE POLL

PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 363). . . . . 363 100.00
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . 307,967
REGISTERED VOTERS - DEMOCRATIC . . . 5,103 1.66
REGISTERED VOTERS - REPUBLICAN . . . 4,370 1.42
REGISTERED VOTERS - NONPARTISAN . . . 298,494 96.92
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . 31,416 2,930 28,486
BALLOTS CAST - DEMOCRATIC . . . . . 4,069 12.95 402 3,667
BALLOTS CAST - REPUBLICAN . . . . . 2,829 9.00 251 2,578
BALLOTS CAST - NONPARTISAN. . . . . 24,518 78.04 2,277 22,241
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . 10.20
VOTER TURNOUT - DEMOCRATIC. . . . . 79.74
VOTER TURNOUT - REPUBLICAN. . . . . 64.74
VOTER TURNOUT - NONPARTISAN . . . . 8.21

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For Judge of the Barberton Municipal Court
Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/17
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 82 OF 82 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Paul Adamson . . . . . . . . . 1,904 50.98 210 1,694
Joe Fantozzi . . . . . . . . . 1,831 49.02 156 1,675

********** (Republican) **********

For Judge of the Barberton Municipal Court
Unexpired Term Ending 12/31/17
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 82 OF 82 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Jill Flagg Lanzinger. . . . . . . 1,654 66.56 165 1,489
Brian A. Smith. . . . . . . . . 831 33.44 72 759

********** (Nonpartisan) **********

For Mayor
City of Twinsburg
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
Ted Yates . . . . . . . . . . 1,190 47.02 66 1,124
Gary M. Sorace. . . . . . . . . 527 20.82 38 489
Brian Steele . . . . . . . . . 517 20.43 41 476
Michael A. Turle . . . . . . . . 297 11.73 16 281

Issue 1 - Coventry Township
Proposed Tax Levy, Fire, Renewal&Increase, 6.75m, 5 yr
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 8 OF 8 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 1,320 60.49 66 1,254
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 862 39.51 69 793

Issue 2 - Aurora CSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Cur. Exp., Renewal, 5.61m, 5 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 1 OF 1 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 10 52.63 1 9
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 9 47.37 0 9

Issue 3 - Stow-Munroe Falls CSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Emer. Req., Renewal, 5.14m, 5 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 36 OF 36 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 2,755 71.61 112 2,643
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 1,092 28.39 72 1,020

Issue 4 - Coventry LSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Emer. Req., Renewal, 6.87m, 5 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 16 OF 16 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 1,585 55.54 81 1,504
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 1,269 44.46 94 1,175

Issue 5 - Manchester LSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Emer., Renewal, 1.47m, 5 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 8 OF 8 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 867 64.85 44 823
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 470 35.15 28 442

Issue 6 - Manchester LSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Cur. Exp., Renewal, 8.5m, 5 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 8 OF 8 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 876 65.77 44 832
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 456 34.23 27 429

Issue 7 - Mogadore LSD
Proposed Tax Levy, Cur. Exp., Addnl., 5.9m, Cont.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 2 OF 2 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 475 54.16 27 448
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 402 45.84 21 381

Issue 8 - Akron/Summit County Public Library
Proposed Tax Levy, Cur. Exp.,Rnwal&Increase,1.9m, 6 yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 299 OF 299 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 16,177 69.59 1,700 14,477
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 7,070 30.41 698 6,372

Issue 9 - Barberton Public Library
Proposed Tax Levy,Cur. Exp.,Rnewal&Increase,1.95m,5yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 20 OF 20 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 954 62.31 112 842
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 577 37.69 55 522

Issue 10 - Local Option, Green 4-A
Tommy Li's, Beer, Wine, Mix. Bev. & Spirits
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 1 OF 1 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 78.75 12 51
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 21.25 2 15

Issue 11 - Local Option, Green 4-A
Tommy Li's, Sunday Sale, Beer,Wine,Mix.Bev&Spirits
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 1 OF 1 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 70.89 7 49
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 29.11 6 17

Issue 12 - City of Macedonia
Proposed Tax Levy, Cur. Exp., Renewal, 5.07m, 5yrs.
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 12 OF 12 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
FOR THE TAX LEVY . . . . . . . . 542 61.87 48 494
AGAINST THE TAX LEVY. . . . . . . 334 38.13 31 303

Issue 13 - City of Twinsburg
Proposed Charter Amendment, Art. VII, Section 7A.01
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,887 79.32 142 1,745
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 492 20.68 19 473

Issue 14 - City of Twinsburg
Proposed Zoning Amendment, Ordinance 126-2014
(Vote for not more than ) 1
(WITH 15 OF 15 PRECINCTS COUNTED)
YES . . . . . . . . . . . . 1,610 69.94 127 1,483
NO. . . . . . . . . . . . . 692 30.06 26 666

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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 17:50

Summit Election Turnout "Fairly Slow"

There certainly were no crowds at the polls in Tuesday's primary election in Summit County.

Most county voters had just one issue on the ballot - a levy renewal and new levy for the Akron-Summit County Public Library. 

Summit County elections director Joe Masich says the county's voter turnout was "fairly slow", and struggled to reach 10 percent most of the day. He says there was slightly more interest in some parts of the county that had local issues and races. 

"In a couple area where there's hotly contested school issues and tax levies, it's a little higher in Mogadore and Coventry," Masich tells WAKR.net. Twinsburg voters had to elect a new mayor, so more people showed up. 

Masich says light turnout or no, he and his workers still have to prepare in case everyone shows up at the polls.

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Monday, 24 November 2014 16:39

Summit Council Race To Be Recounted

There'll be a recount in a very close race in the November elections.

The Summit County Board of Elections will recount votes in the Summit County Council at Large race. In final, unofficial returns, just over 350 votes separated two incumbents, Sandra Kurt and Bill Roemer, for the last of three council seats up for election.

The Board of Elections will also recount votes for fifth place finisher Debbie Walsh and sixth place finisher Gary Hagen.

The recount will take place on December 2nd.

A local option race in Springfield Township, Issue 59, will also be recounted.

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A Summit County Board of Elections employee won't face board action after posts made to Facebook during her work hours.

The Beacon Journal reports the board declined to act against Cecilia Robart, the wife of former Cuyahoga Falls mayor Don Robart, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Board chairman Tim Gorbach tells the newspaper that Robart says she "didn't knowingly post" during work hours, and that they were told that other family members have access to her account.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted must still break a tie vote on policies that would forbid board employees from using electronic devices on its property.

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On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com

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Issues set for the Summit County ballot in November include a number of school levies, and that proposed Summit County quarter-percent countywide increase.

That county ballot issue was recently changed by Summit County Council. It no longer calls for funding an arena to be used by the University of Akron's sports teams.

It also calls for a 10 year term, instead of the permanent increase previously proposed.

Just a day after a proposed Mogadore school levy failed in a special election, the district will ask for another try at voter approval in November.

Renewal levies include for Coventry, Cuyahoga Falls, and Springfield local schools. Springfield is asking for three renewals. Northwest Local Schools are asking for a renewal of their income tax levy.

The issues were released by the Summit County Board of Elections based on today's 90 day filing deadline. The 60 day filing deadline is September 5th.

The general election is November 4th.

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 12:36

Not All Ballots Counted Yet

Election day is over, but there are still ballots to be counted and some of them could make a big difference. 

A school levy in the Manchester district tentatively passed by one vote.  Also, the race between Katarina Cook and Jon Oldham for Akron Municipal Court Judge is separated by only 16 votes.

Some ballots, however, have not counted yet.  In fact, some of them may not have even arrived yet at the Summit County Board of Elections offices.  Director Joe Masich says there are at least 20 provisional ballots that require some investigation before they can be counted, plus absentee ballots are still trickling in.

"I believe I saw a stack of 60 or 70 absentee ballots come in the mail today," said Masich. 

Masich says he doesn't know if any of those ballots are from people who had a vote on either of the close levies or the tight judicial race.

Absentee ballots can still be accepted if they arrive within 10 days after the election and if they were postmarked no later than November 4th.  Masich says the board will make a decision on the provisional ballots and any questionable absentee ballots at a meeting on November 18th, then add those votes into the current count.  Any race or issue that is within 1/2% of the total will automatically be recounted.

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Friday, 18 October 2013 14:46

SUPCO Rules Davis Back On Akron Ballot

The decisions by the Summit County Board of Elections regarding independents running for public office are taking a beating from Ohio's Supreme Court.

On top of a decision ordering former Republican State Senator Kevin Coughlin back on the ballot for Stow Muni Clerk of Courts, the county board has also been ordered to return Darrita Davis to the November 5th ballot in her ward council bid.

On a 4-3 decision the state's highest court ruled basing the decision to disqualify Davis because she voted Democrat in the last Presidential Election Primary wasn't enough to overrule her candidacy as an independent.

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(Supreme Court of Ohio) In an expedited election case announced today, the Supreme Court of Ohio ordered the Summit County Board of Elections to include Darrita Davis on the November 5 ballot as an independent candidate for Akron City Council.

The court, in a 4-3 decision, granted Davis’s writ, finding that the board of elections abused its discretion when it disqualified her petition to run as an independent.

The elections board argued that Davis is not an independent because she failed to disaffiliate sufficiently from the Democratic Party. The court today said that the board based its conclusion on only one piece of information – her vote in the Democratic primary for president in March 2012.

“A candidate’s prior voting history, standing alone, cannot be a sufficient basis for disqualifying an independent candidate,” the court wrote. “Disaffiliation by definition presumes a history of support for or membership in a political party. If a candidate’s prior voting record, standing alone, could trump a declaration of disaffiliation, then disaffiliation would never be possible.”

The court also said the board erroneously applied a two-year statutory look-back provision for petition signatures to the separate analysis of disaffiliation under R.C. 3513.257: “The practical effect of the board’s rule is the creation of a de facto ‘sit out’ requirement, whereby candidates who disaffiliate from a political party have to wait at least two years before they may seek office as independents. Nothing in R.C. 3513.257 requires such a result.”

The court found that two donations Davis made to Democratic candidates at different events held little weight, primarily because the donations were made before she declared her candidacy for city council in July 2013. While evidence undermining disaffiliation after a candidate files is not required for a successful challenge to a candidate’s petition, “where the challenge is based solely on prepetition evidence, the evidence needs to be that much more substantial to warrant excluding an otherwise qualified candidate,” the court stated.

“In addition, the board abused its discretion because it fundamentally misconstrued the relevant inquiry,” the court found. “Based on her past voting record, the board informs the court, ‘the Board determined that Relator did not make a good faith attempt to disaffiliate from the Democratic Party.’ But the requirement … is that a candidate must declare her lack of affiliation in good faith, not that she take affirmative action to disaffiliate in order to prove her good faith. In other words, the declaration of disaffiliation can, in some circumstances, be sufficient affirmative action.”

The per curiam (not authored by a specific justice) opinion was joined by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and Justices Paul E. Pfeifer, Sharon L. Kennedy, and William M. O’Neill. Justice Terrence O’Donnell dissented in a written opinion. Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger also dissented, but wrote separately. Justice Judith L. French dissented without opinion.

In his dissent, Justice O’Donnell wrote: “In view of Davis’s voting history and her financial contributions to Democratic candidates in April 2013 and June 2013, the board did not abuse its discretion in concluding that Davis had not in good faith disaffiliated herself from the Democratic Party when she filed her nominating petition to run as an independent candidate.”

In her separate dissent, Justice Lanzinger wrote: “The county boards of elections are given little guidance when asked to determine whether an independent candidate has made a good-faith declaration of disaffiliation. … Because I believe that the Summit County Board of Elections did not act unreasonably under the circumstances, I would deny the writ.”

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Five Summit County independent candidates won't be on the November ballot.

The Beacon Journal reports the candidates, running for council seats in Barberton, Akron and Cuyahoga Falls, and for the Falls mayor's race, were rejected by the Summit County Board of Elections for not having enough signatures.

The paper says one candidate running for the Falls mayor's job, Stephen Dabney, will ask for reconsideration at a meeting on Wednesday.

Non-partisan candidates for two Akron Municipal Court races were certified by the Summit elections board.

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On the Web: Akron Beacon Journal, www.ohio.com

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Monday, 09 September 2013 13:40

Coughlin Wins Ballot Battle

Ohio's Supreme Court administered a unanimous comeuppance to Summit County's Board of Elections and ordered to put former State Senator Kevin Coughlin on the November ballot for Stow Municipal Court Clerk.

Coughlin took the Board to court after it rejected his candidacy on the grounds prior races as a Republican made him ineligible for a non-partisan position. The Court ruled there's no regulation barring those with a partisan history from running for a non-partisan job.

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(Kevin Coughlin) In a unanimous decision, the Ohio Supreme Court today issued an order to compel the Summit County Board of Elections to place former State Senator Kevin Coughlin on the November ballot as a candidate for Stow Municipal Clerk of Courts.

On July 15, the Summit County Board of Elections rejected Coughlin's nominating petitions to run for the office based on its position that Coughlin's history as a Republican disqualifies him from running as a non-partisan. Ohio law, however, authorizes non-partisan candidacies for municipal judges and clerks of court. Candidates who seek to be nominated as non-partisans are not required to be unaffiliated with a political party.

The Court's decision overturns the Board's action. Coughlin issued the following statement:

"I'm grateful to the Ohio Supreme Court for upholding my right to run.

"The party bosses in Summit County disregarded the law and tried to silence me because I am running to modernize our court. That means ending their influence in the clerk's office. Now nothing can stop the voters from having a chance to elect someone who will run this nonpartisan judicial office as a professional.

"If it was the intention of the bosses to slow my campaign down, they failed. We have been campaigning hard all throughout the court district and I'm encouraged by the support we have received including the endorsements of several Republican and Democratic community leaders.

"The judges of the Stow Municipal Court have been doing an excellent job. I'm looking forward to working with them to fix our broken clerk's office and better serve our communities."

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A former Ohio Secretary of State will help the Summit County Board of Elections sort out a lawsuit over ballot access.

The board voted Thursday to hire ex-Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner as an elections expert.

Former state senator Kevin Coughlin has sued the Summit elections board, over a decision that denied him access as a non-partisan candidate in the Stow Municipal Court clerk's rate.

The move to hire Brunner comes despite her past decision not to reappoint Summit County Republican chairman Alex Arshinkoff to the elections board.

Arshinkoff was returned to the board by Republican Jon Husted, the current secretary of state.

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