Election Day 2017: What you need to know

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Local government, school, county, and township levies play a big role in this year’s election. Here’s a list of helpful information for you before your head to the polls today.


Ohio polls are open from 6:30am until 7:30pm.

If you are unsure where you need to go to vote you can find your polling location by following this link to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office website.


You will need to provide identification to vote. This is a list of acceptable forms of identification in Ohio:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
  • A military identification;
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
  • An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.


Ohio has only two statewide races this election, both are proposed Constitutional Amendments.

Also known as Marsy’s Law. Issue one would provide crime victims with specific constitutional rights including the right to be treated with fairness and respect for their safety.  If passed, Issue One would repeal and replace the existing language in Section 10a of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio The proposed amendment would expand the rights of victims under the current Section 10a and require that the rights of victims be protected as vigorously as the rights of the accused. More specifically, for the purpose of ensuring due process, respect, fairness, and justice for crime victims and their families in the criminal and juvenile justice systems.


Issue 2 would require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals. The Vote Yes representatives say it will save Ohio taxpayers millions of dollars. The Vote No representatives say it will cost Ohio consumers millions of dollars. Get the facts on Issue 2 here.


Franklin County Developmental Disabilities Board Proposed Tax Levy (Renewal) – Serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities by providing community programs and services. – 3.5 mills, $0.35 per $100 valuation, for 10 years, commencing in 2018


Proposed Tax Levy (renewal and additional) for the purpose of Protective services for Children or Elderly (60 yrs+) of Physical & Sexual Abuse, neglect, or exploitation. 1 mill (renewal) and 1 mill (additional), 10 yrs., commencing in 2017 first due in calendar year 2018


  • Upper Arlington City School District: Bond and Levy (Additional) Bonds – Constructing and Improvements – $230,000,000; 6.92 mills,   $0.692 per $100 valuation, for 38 years Levy – Current Operating Expenses – 3.75 mills, $0.375 per $100 valuation, for a continuing period of time, commencing in 2017
  • New Albany Plain Local School District: Proposed Tax Levy (Additional) General Permanent Improvements – 1.25 mills, $0.125 per $100 valuation, 5 years, commencing 2017
  • Delaware City School District: Emergency requirements 8.35 mills for 5 years
  • Big Walnut Local School District: Permanent improvements 6.6 mills for 37 years (bond) 1.25 mills for continuing period of time (tax levy)

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