This is the first election where Ohio’s new voter ID law is in effect.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio has several school districts on the ballot for the May 2 primary election.

This is also the first election in which Ohio’s new voter ID laws are in effect.

Here’s what’s in the ballots

Madison Plains Local School District Bond Fundraiser

Madison County voters will decide whether to approve a $9.9 million bond to demolish an existing middle and high school and build a new elementary, middle and high school along with a career technology center. Demolition and construction of the schools will cost just over $63 million and will be funded by a 37-year property tax levy. Homeowners will pay $347 for every $100,000 of assessed property value in the county.

If voters approve it, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will contribute just under $5.6 million to the project.

Grenville School District Assembly

The Grenville School District has placed on the ballot a five-year extension of the existing voter-approved 0.75% income tax. The levy is identical to what voters passed in 2018, the county said.

The Marysville Exempted Village School District placed an emergency levy of $8.4 million over five years on the ballot, saying it is necessary to support ongoing programs and day-to-day operations.

Incumbent Laurie Jadwin faces challenger Steve Brown, but Tuesday’s election won’t matter much as the two will face off again in November. The city’s charter requires a primary for mayor, even if there are only two candidates, according to Dispatch of Columbus.

When do Ohio polls open and close?

Polls in Ohio open at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m. If the mark-off ballots are not returned by mail, your Election Commission must receive them by 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s election will be Ohio’s first with strict new voter ID laws. Photo ID will be required to vote in person. In the past, someone could show a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck showing their current address to prove their identity, but that’s no longer the case.

Acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Ohio driver’s license or state ID showing your current or previous address, provided it is not expired; licenses from other states are not accepted
  • A military ID, including a US military ID, Ohio National Guard ID, or US Department of Veterans Affairs ID; Veteran IDs issued by county registrars will no longer be accepted and military IDs will no longer be accepted at voter registration
  • A US passport or passport card, which is a new option this year

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