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Early voting begins for Ohio's May 7 primary elections.

By Mike sever | staff writer Published: April 7, 2013 4:00 AM

Early voting has begun for Ohio's May 7 primary elections.

With no statewide questions or issues on the ballot, election watchers are expecting lower than usual voter turnouts to the polls.

Voters may vote in person at the Portage County Board of Elections, located in the county administration building at 449 S. Meridian St. in Ravenna, or they may print an absentee ballot application from the elections board website at www.co.portage.oh.us/election/absentee_voting-menu.htm and mail it to the board of elections.

Monday is the deadline to register to vote in the May 7 primary. Voters who have moved since the last election need to update their voting address. They can do that at MyOhioVote.com, a site maintained by the Ohio Secretary of State, or by contacting the Portage County Board of Elections.

The only issue that most voters in Portage will consider is the 0.4-mill replacement levy for the Portage County Health District. The district is seeking to reset its 57-year-old levy at current tax values. If the new levy is approved, the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $12.60 per year, up from the $2.60 per year paid now. The levy will appear on all ballots in the county except in Kent and Ravenna, which have their own health departments.

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While there are no council primaries in either Aurora or Streetsboro, there is a council at-large primary in Kent among Democratic candidates looking to fill three seats. The top three of four candidates competing will go on to the November general election.

No Republican candidates for council at-large filed for the ballot in Kent.

Ravenna has a nonpartisan Ward 1 council primary where two of three candidates will go on to the general election.

Local issues on the ballot are:

Kent City School District is seeking an additional 8.9 mills for current expenses. If the continuing levy passes, a homeowner would pay an additional $272.56 per year on a $100,000 home. The school district's previous levy was passed in 2006.

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Aurora voters will decide a 1.2-mill, five-year additional tax levy for police protection

Hiram Township voters will face a 2-mill, five-year replacement levy for fire protection.

Paris will decide a 1-mill, five-year additional levy for current expenses.

Windham Village voters will consider a 0.5-mill income tax hike for police, street maintenance and other services.

Suffield residents in the Mogadore school district will vote on an additional 5.9-mill levy for current expenses.

In Kent, residents of Ward 5, Precinct A, will vote on a local option for Bar 145, a new downtown restaurant, which wants Sunday sales of wine, mixed beverages and spirituous liquor.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1125 or msever@recordpub.com

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redleg6 Apr 7, 2013 7:42 PM

Field artillery is called the "King of Battle". Conflicts in the 20th century saw artillery become exponentially more effective as indirect fire methods were introduced immediately prior to World War I. During World War I and World War II, field artillery was the single highest casualty-producing weapons system on any battlefield...Members of the Field Artillery are referred to as "redlegs" because during the American Civil War they were distinguished by scarlet stripes down the legs of their uniform pants. The use of colors to distinguish branches of the United States Army dates to 1851. Branch colors are found on the shoulder straps of officers wearing the blue dress uniform and on branch of service scarves authorized for wear with a variety of uniforms

trawl Apr 7, 2013 2:32 PM

@ TaggR: LOL ... have to wonder if he knows the etymology of Redleg, cause most origins seem to fit.

TaggR Apr 7, 2013 1:30 PM

Incompetence or threatening correspondence? That is the perfect description of your post redlegs.

redleg6 Apr 7, 2013 12:05 PM

Around the end of the year, I look forward getting that threatening letter everyone gets in Portage County that have a septic tank...Either have an authorized service pro send Mr. Porter a copy of a service contract, or Mr. Porter will send a county inspector for many $$$$ to inspect the sepic...I don't like being threatened every year...Same address since 1972...The health department could save money by eliminating the 2 page letter/envelope/postage/secretary to type it...Put 2 $10.00 adds in R/C instead of letters...I don't vote for incompetance or threatening correspondence...

sebringtwo Apr 7, 2013 10:05 AM

Remember...........Obama and Congress raised our taxes on Jan 1st, VOTE NO on Portage County Health District tax levy............