Ohioans Head To The Polls

Ohioans head to the polls to vote on three statewide issues, schools board races, judgeships, and more than a thousand local tax measures.(Photo: File photo)
Ohioans head to the polls to vote on three statewide issues, schools board races, judgeships, and more than a thousand local tax measures.(Photo: File photo)

A nationally watched fight over the bargaining abilities of 350,000 unionized public workers tops a list of ballot questions that face Ohio voters in today’s unusually vigorous off-year election.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m.

Voters also will decide whether to allow the state to opt out of a federal health insurance mandate and whether judges should be allowed to sit on the bench through age 75. Akron and Columbus are electing mayors.

The effort to repeal Ohio’s collective bargaining law has pitted unions representing police, firefighters, teachers, and other government employees against Republicans seeking to rein in the size and cost of government and limit labor’s reach.

Republican Gov. John Kasich has traversed the state to defend the law. The opposition leads in polls and fundraising.

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