KENT—Voters can talk in person with county candidates in contested May 3 Primary races at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters of Kent on Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The forum will be held at the Kent United Church of Christ, 1400 E. Main St., Kent. It is free and open to the public. Co-sponsors are Portage County NAACP, Kent Environmental Council, Kent Lions, Brimfield Lions, Kent State Votes, National Alliance on Mental Illness Portage County and the Kent State University Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Until the new Ohio legislative districts are established, the ballot will not include the races for Ohio House, Ohio Senate and the Central Committees.
Candidates for contested races for Republican and Democratic Portage County Commissioner primaries and the Republican Portage County Auditor primary will talk with voters in small groups. The candidates move from table-to-table. Voters have opportunities to ask questions directly. Candidates from uncontested races are able to attend to meet voters before or after the forum.
Citizens will also be able to register to vote, change their address and pick up an absentee ballot application at the forum. The deadline to register or make changes to vote in the Primary is April 4.
A project of the Kent League, the local Voters' Guide will be online April 1 at https://vote411.org. The guide, supported by LWV Kent, allows voters to enter their addresses and see candidate and issue information.
A downloadable version of the LWV Kent Voters' Guide will be available April 1, at the League webpage https://my.lwv.org/ohio/kent/voting for the first day of absentee or early voting on April 5. The Record-Courier also publishes the guide content in print and online closer to the election.
Early voting takes place at the office of the Board of Elections, 449 S. Meridian St., Ravenna, Ohio. Here are the early voting dates and times:
- Weekdays, April 5 - April 22: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., In-person early voting
- Weekdays, April 25 - April 29: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., In-person early voting
- Saturday, April 30: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., In-person early voting
- Sunday, May 1: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., In-person early voting
- Monday, May 2: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., In-person early voting
For the most up-to-date information about the election, go to the Board of Elections web pages at https://www.portagecounty-oh.gov/board-elections or call 330-297-3511. Call the League of Women Voters of Kent at 330-271-6188 or email the group at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The League of Women Voters of Kent is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. The Kent League is committed to building a diverse organization that supports a community of respect, celebration and empowerment for people of all backgrounds, generations and cultures to participate in government. All other information about the league can be found at kentlwv.org or on the Facebook page at League of Women Voters of Kent.