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Today, August 4, there will be a special election held in a number of counties in Ohio. These elections involve important community issues such as school districts, fire departments, and local senior centers.

In Ohio there will be in-person voting available on Election Day. In most counties, the normal polling locations will be open. An exception is in Wood County, which is consolidating all of its August 4 voting to one location.

What’s on the ballot?

The Ohio Secretary of State’s website has a full list of “Local Questions and Issues” for the August 4 special election available in a downloadable spreadsheet. If you need more details on your ballot and where/how to vote, contact your county’s board of elections office.

Here are some basic details:

  • Cuyahoga County — The City of Maple Heights has a renewal tax levy to fund operations of the local Senior Center.

  • Darke County — The Ansonia Local School District has a renewal income tax levy to fund current expenses.

  • Fairfield County — The Village of Lithopolis has a new income tax levy to fund “public safety, capital projects, acquire public parklands and additional police protection.”

  • Fayette County — The Washington Court House City School District has a new income tax levy to fund current expenses.

  • Hamilton County — The City of Mt. Healthy has a new tax levy to fund fire, EMS and equipment; The Village of St. Bernard has a renewal tax levy to fund current expenses.

  • Hancock County — The Findlay City School District has a new tax levy to fund operating current operating expenses.

  • Montgomery County — Clay Township has a renewal tax levy to fund fire and EMS.

  • Shelby County — The Sidney City School District has a new tax levy to “avoid an operating deficit.”

  • Summit County — The Springfield Local School District has a new tax levy for “emergency requirements.”

  • Wood County — The Bowling Green City School District has eight referendums/initiatives to transfer territory from the school district to a number of other school districts.

Information sourced:

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

“I vote to create the more equal and more equitable world of which we dream. I vote to work towards racial and economic justice. It is important that we look out for each other, and my vote reminds me that I have the capability to not only let my voice be heard, but to use my vote as a moment of solidarity with my American stranger.”

Regina Brennan is a rising senior at the Catholic University of America. She is double majoring in Politics and Cultural Anthropology. Regina is currently a Staff Assistant for a member of the U.S. Senate and the President of CUA College Democrats. When she is not fiercely fighting for social justice she spends her time with friends, studying for the LSAT, and taking care of her dog! Find Regina on Instagram @regina.brennan!

Author: Ben Gonzalez

Voting is one of the greatest privileges I will ever have in my life, and it’s important we all recognize that and don’t take it for granted. Some of you reading this might think “My vote’s not important,” or, “My vote really doesn’t have an effect on elections.” I’m here to tell you that, technically, you’re right. In fact, within political science, there’s an equation that’s labeled the “paradox of voting” because political scientists agree that for a lot of voters, it doesn’t make sense for them to vote.

Why? Well think about this: if you think your vote won’t matter, expanded on by what you think your benefit is from a certain outcome in that election, then your costs--like the cost of traveling to the polls or missing work to vote--are certainly going to outweigh your benefits. Like I said, if we measured how decisive your vote was numerically (which would be low, near zero in federal elections) and multiplied it by what your benefit is if you get your desired outcome in that election, it doesn’t amount to much. However, there are some exceptions. One of those, for example, is that some people’s sense of civic duty or pride by voting automatically makes it worth any cost for them, solving the “paradox.”

However, I think this perspective only serves to undercut what voting actually means and what it does for us--especially as a generation. As Gen Z, did you know if you registered to vote--right now--and voted in the next election, you’d make up at least 1/10th of the entire electorate? That’s the largest influence a generation will have in U.S. elections in the entirety of this nation’s history, period. Not to mention, because we all went through a lot of the same experiences and paid attention to the same world affairs--also set to become the most educated generation on Earth--our politics are probably the same, if not extremely similar. So combine that with the most significant influence when it comes to the American electorate, and I argue that it does make sense for you to vote; not as an individual, but as a community. This is why I vote, because I know that if my community--my generation--and I vote, we can leave this world a better place.

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