Election preps under way

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Tuesday is a big day across the Valley, with many elections taking place, and local elections officials are making the final preparations for Tuesday’s primary voting.

Polling machines will be tested across the Valley. New voting machines that debuted in November also will be tested to make sure they are in working order. The optical scanners are designed to be faster than conventional voting machines and work by swiping a voter’s driver’s license or state I.D. card. The process takes about 30 seconds.

The new machines count up the ballots faster and will determine if a voter is in the wrong polling location.

Several races and issues are on the ballot. In Youngstown, there is the Charter Amendment, also known as the Community Bill of Rights, that would ban fracking and oilfield waste processing in the city of Youngstown. In November, the measure was voted down by 55 percent. Last May, the issue was voted down by a margin of 57 to 43 percent.

Chris Sammarone and Susan Maruca are vying for a spot on the November ballot for Mahoning County Probate Court Judge, and there is a Court of Appeals race between Anthony Donofrio and David Engler.

Michelle Lepore-Hagan is running for the Ohio House seat in the 58th district currently held by her husband Bob Hagan, who is not eligible for re-election because of term limits.

In Austintown, the issue of building a new high school is on the ballot. If the $4.1 million bond issue is approved, the state would pay for 47 percent of the project.

For more on local issues and candidates, click here. For Pennsylvania, click here.

Polls are open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Polls open in Pennsylvania at 7 a.m.

Voters must bring a driver’s license or state I.D. card. A military I.D., bank statement or utility bill are also acceptable.

WKBN.com will begin posting elections results as soon as the polls close on Tuesday. Full election coverage will begin on WKBN First News This Morning beginning at 5 a.m. and on First News at Noon, 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. Watch First News at 11 p.m. for full election results.

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