Tips to consider before heading to the polls today

Polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Andy Ouriel
Nov 5, 2013

 

Election Day across Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky counties offers a smorgasbord of appetizing options.

School levies, school board races, government issues and council and trustee races should satisfy any voter’s appetite today.

Before arriving at the polls, and to ensure your vote counts, follow these guidelines outlined by Erie County Board of Elections director Jen Ferback:

1. When can I vote?
Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 7:30 p.m., election officials must let you vote.

2. What do I need to bring with me so I can vote without any problems?
A valid form of voter identification includes one of the following:

•Current or valid Ohio driver’s license. Election officials won’t accept an expired driver’s license as identification.

• Military identification card. 

• Original or copy of current utility bill containing voter’s name. 

• Original or copy of current paycheck.

• Original or copy of current government check.

3. What happens if I’m confused about the voting procedure when arriving to the polls?
If you have a question, poll workers are trained to help you understand any confusing issues possibly arising.    

4. Where do I vote?
Most boards of election have a website where you can see polling locations.

Call your local board of elections as a last resort.

5. What are my rights?
You’re under no obligation to discuss your vote with anyone, and no one is allowed to influence how you vote. If you encounter any problems, immediately inform poll workers or call police.

Additionally, only voters are allowed within 100 feet of all polling locations on Election Day.

Some exceptions can be made, such as children accompanying their parents at the polls.

Anyone else must stay behind a line, which is usually marked by tiny U.S. flags or political signs placed into the ground.

Campaigners can peacefully support or protest a candidate or issue beyond the 100-foot boundary.

If you encounter any questionable or strange issues when voting, you can contact your local board office or the Register at 419-625-5500 ext. 5 or email news@sanduskyregister.com  .

Comments

Cowboy

I just voted NO again! I also voted for Franklin and Ahner! Can't wait to see Gunnie's eyes when he hears that Franklin and Ahner are on the board! That just might be enough for Gunnie to throw in the towel! We can only hope and pray! Time to get this train back on track!

draw1999

canot wait to see the gunnerbots short circuit when franklin and ahner get elected

Perkins2060

I just voted NO and voted for Ahner and Franklin!

The New World Czar

Gunner has also applied to Tiffin schools as well????? WOW.

Perkins2060

Where did you see or hear that?

The New World Czar

Sunday's Tiffin paper:
http://www.advertiser-tribune.co...

and today's SR.

MrGadfly

Perkins residents,

Do you wish to maintain your rights to vote on the size, scope and cost of future schools?

If you do,then you must vote "no" on this present school levy. This present levy with the move in millage will take away those rights for all future building forever if you vote "yes". You will give up that right to bureaucrats (school board members).

Do not give away these rights. Bureaucrats continue to attempt to erode you rights as Americans.

Stand up for yourself, your kids and grandkids. Vote "no" on the present school levy.

Transplant1

MrGadfly, so when this levy does not pass, and it wont, and hypathetically speaking, Franklin and Ahner win, and another Levy is put up on the ballot, with Franklin and Ahners blessing does that mean that all the no voters are now yes voters? Are Franklin and Ahner short answers for long term problems? I still want to know who is taking the fight to Columbus and taking on the unconstitutional ruling of land owners paying for schools. No one in this community can answer me that. But there are 1000's of people complaining about yes and no votes. Who is going to lead this community? Are Franklin and Ahner or any of the other people in the running. VOTENO cannot answer, maybe you can!

VOTENO

Franklin and Ahner are moving the inside millage back and are putting a smaller levy on the ballot. I will vote for that.

When are you going to Columbus?

Transplant1

So two people can run the ship? You sound like every other voter that believes the politicians. If they win, hope they do, we will see if there actions speak louder than words or if they will be like everyother politcian who claims change before election and then after the election, they find out that there is more to everything than what we see on the outside. Going to Columbus would require someone like you who has nothing better to do with thier day and complain on the forum.

VOTENO

Well you sound like a perfect candidate to head down to Columbus!

Perkins2060

Ignore Transplant. She's a troll. Don't respond to her.

Tool Box

Just voted NO on my lunch break! We are going to take back control of our finances!!!

Bherrle

Gadfly,

I find it hard to understand how anyone is giving up their voting rights. This is a ten year levy that would require the voters to approve it again, in ten years.

The bureaucrats you speak of are elected officials, and they will continue to be elected positions also.

Tool Box

VOTE NO!

VOTENO

You rang?

WeThePeople1965

Comical.

bao

bherrle if you really understood the inside millage move, you would not question the well informed mr gadfly.

Bherrle

I understand it completely.

middleclassworker

Bherrle

I think the problem you seem to have in all this, is that the majority sets the direction....and they have said NO to a new campus!! We currently have a BOE that doesn't understand that they need to do the best they can with the school while representing the majority of tax payers!!

Also.....these people voted money into the school system with a specific purpose....it should have never been moved! Don't tell me it had to be done....the loan could have been taken out to cover that shortfall instead of plan's for a campus that the majority of the school district doesn't support.

Bherrle

Middleclass,

Please check your facts. The millage moved WAS NOT voted millage. It was the original millage granted to Perkins Schools by the state back in the 1930's.

It was not voted millage. School districts have always had the right to move that millage.

What is the public basing its opinion when u say the public does not want new facilities? If renovation costs more, does the public really want to pay more simply because it doesn't want a new building?

WeThePeople1965

I voted no. Even though I can afford to chuck out whatever the tax would be, I think it's senseless that a BOE can't make a reasonable budget and ask for a reasonable levy. To rest the payment of this large chunk of money with the taxpayers, many of which don't have kids that go to Perkins, let alone not have the money to pay this, is just asking for too much.

Perkins2060

Great comment!

The Bizness

This post literally made me LOL. Calling school board members bureaucrats is hilarious. I take it this person is probably a tea bagger too.

VOTENO

Vote yes.

The Bizness

Please talk me through why you believe this?

bobshumway92

Haha! The Bizness like to be tea bagged!

The Bizness

Every one likes a good cup of oolong tea every now and then ;)

totallyamazed

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I just voted for the third time today, that's the 13th time I voted for Mr Obama.

HA!
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Subtle

Franklin reportedly wants to cut funding for all extracurriculars because he doesn't understand that if you have 2 students with equal grades, the colleges take the one with more extracurriculars. He doesn't seem to want to put in the time and couldn't even make it to the debate because he doesn't understand the issues well enough TO debate them.

Ahner reportedly has a vendetta because one of his relatives was fired for sleeping on the job. He knows almost nothing about the current issues and said he'll learn as he goes. He has reportedly, in the past said he wants Perkins to merge with Sandusky, though he 180'ed on it in the debate.

Uher, the only other new candidate, has actually put in the time to research all the issues. Read the health department reports, read the contractor estimates, researched tax law and finance, and has put in more time preparing for the possibility of being on the board than the other candidates have spent thinking what a feather in their cap it would be to be on it :P

People like to blame, Gunner, but the truth is he doesn't have much power or say in what direction the school goes in. The board makes the decisions, he just advises on school law, educational needs, curriculum, and employment issues so they can make informed decisions. About the only financial control Gunner has is to call a locksmith if a custodian breaks off a key in the lock.

The school has needed 50 MILLION in repair SINCE 2009. The board proposed an option that would get 1/2 a new school paid for with government subsidies, and the voters turned it down.

The school realized the taxpayers in Perkins did not want to support a building levy, but that doesn't change the fact that the buildings need 50 million in repairs. Instead they consulted with experts and found that moving the inside millage would TAKE THE BURDEN OFF THE HOMEOWNER and place it on businesses. It was the ONLY SOLUTION since voters are against a building improvement levy.

This is all while the GOVERNMENT STEALS 2.5 MILLION PER YEAR FROM PERKINS to pay for some other district in Whoknowswhere, Ohio.

The school needs repaired, nothing will change that. We provide the school with very little financial support, and the Board can't magically pull the funding for it out of thin air, though the inside millage was a financially brilliant move!

For DECADES Perkins has existed and balanced the books receiving HALF of the tax revenue that most other districts in the area. The Perkins township residents PAY ONLY A FRACTION of what every other district in the area does, yet for over a decade the school made it work IN SPITE OF lack of community support.

Don't fall for the no campaign's misguided and uninformed statements. None of them have put in the time to have an inkling of understanding about how school finance works. They just don't think our students are worth spending $26 a month on.

Cowboy

VOTE NO! Let's hope this is the last time we have to play these childish games that the current board likes to play!

bao

subtle,you can continue to insult all the "misguided","uninformed" no voters all you want, it only reduces any credibility you may have had.

middleclassworker

for starters....everyone in government wants my $26 a month....and everyone isn't going to get it!!

The BOE is there to represent the majority, not to argue with them!!

Numbers can be inflated to push a purpose, I highly doubt it will take $50 million. And many of the items required or needed can be prioritized. $ 3.5 million would have been a good start instead of investing in the plans for a new school the majority do not want.

Wald

Your information on Franklin and Ahner is nothing more than rumor and gossip, typical of the levy supporters.

Bherrle

Rumor and gossip? Hey, there is a no voter blogging it (belikemike). We r just repeating

Rumor and gossip seems to be the bulk of voteno campaign.

Cowboy

Well I guess rumors and gossip win AGAIN! This time by a landslide!

Bherrle

Yes they do win again. And the community and it's children lose.

Hawkeye

There you go again saying false things, Did you get a chance to speak to Franklin???? Actually I did!! I was curious about what you had said and he said nothing of the sort. He did say the only thing he wanted to cut were the unsustainable fees that the school has put on those families. He did also say that he does not have a problem with ANY extra curricular program. Franklin had said that he has always been consistent with his message and never swayed from it. Here is a little information for you though, subtle, he had been going to the school board meetings for 6 years voicing his opinions to all of them and I guess one of the board suggested if he didn't like things maybe he should run for school board. I commend the guy for standing up for what he believes and not sitting around whining like everyone and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT, and for the earlier post...yes I do believe HE would do the big fight in Columbus as well. I WILL vote for Franklin! and BTW no too!!

WeThePeople1965

Where's the documents for all that.

MrGadfly

Bherrle,

A major advantage of the millage switch is a revenue source that doesn't need to be voted on. With this switch in millage the school board does not have to be directly accountable to the voting public on the cost or scope of new buildings. This is an unacceptable option to me.

If this present levy passes the millage switch goes into effect and the voting public loses their immediate ability to control building issues within the district.

I'm against the millage switch thus I am against the levy in it's present state.

Bizness,

The school board and school administration oversee the use of public funds. They are no different than politicians or officials in any government agency. They are bureaucrats just on a local level.

Transplant1,

Where does the state generate their money? Taxpayers. Do they have a big bag of unused funds they are holding back from schools? Not if you look at their budget.

The state will not solve your problem of needing more funds for schools. You either have to reduce services or tax people more. Don't look at them as your savior. Look to yourself.

The Bizness

This is from the Oxford Dictionary;

noun
an official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.

If that is what you believe school board members are then by all means, carry on.

Vote Informed

VOTE YES for Perkins Schools! Vote Uher & Chapman!

bobshumway92

LOL!

bobshumway92

That's a good one! What a funny guy!

Perkins2060

Hi K.P.

spamalot

Most of you continue to make the saaaaame lame comments over and over and over again. It's tiresome. Move already, would ya?

Cowboy

VOTING NO AGAIN!

spamalot

Yawnnnnn

Subtle

You do realize if the levy passes we would still be paying a cheaper tax rate than any schools in the area. People come on and complain about minimum wage needing to be raised all the time. What Perkins taxpayers pay the district in tax contributions is the equivalent to minimum wage, THE ABSOLUTE LEAST of any school in the area by a loooong stretch.

You can TRY to hide behind a mask of 'I don't like Gunner, or I don't like the current BOE' but the bottom line is it's been over a decade and there have been many superintendents and numerous board members of all agendas, beliefs, and goals for the district AND YET THE COMMUNITY STILL REFUSED TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

You can try to hide behind the economic downturn we had a couple years ago, but the decade prior to that was the most financially stable decade in my lifetime AND YET THE COMMUNITY STILL REFUSED TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

You can try to rationalize it however you want if it makes you sleep better at night; but the bottom line is that this community, that supposedly has Pirate Pride, offers only the ABSOLUTE MINIMUM SUPPORT for the school district.

Heck, we pay HALF THE TAX RATE SANDUSKY DOES and Perkins is a community with ALMOST DOUBLE THE MEDIAN INCOME of Sandusky. We have been consistently horrible with our support and trying to spin it any other way is like trying to say you 'do a great job feeding your children' because you gave them a box of Saltines to share three weeks ago.

fifteenthgreen

"You do realize if the levy passes......" It didn't.

Cowboy

THE FAT LADY IS SINGING AND THE PEOPLE OF PERKINS TOWNSHIP HAVE SPOKEN AGAIN!