In Ohio, special elections are held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in May, August or November (they can be held on the same day as a primary or general election), according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office.
There are other nuances to special elections, such as a May special election isn’t permitted during presidential election years unless authorized by a municipal or county charter. But all special elections are paid for by the local entity requesting a ballot initiative. Primary and general elections, where candidates are nominated and/or elected to positions, are paid for by the county.
The boards of elections cost of the Preble Shawnee and College Corner tax issues have yet to be calculated, but it could run a few thousand dollars based on the number of precincts in each district, according to election officials and historical data.
Preble Shawnee, which has nearly 1,400 students within the district, has 52 registered voters in one precinct in northern Butler County. They’ll help decide in the May 4 primary if a $0.75 income tax levy should pass or fail.
Nearly 3,000 voters in both counties voted against the levy in November’s general election, 37 of which came from Butler County. The levy failed with 63.1 percent of the vote, according to election results.
The College Corner district is part of the Union County–College Corner Joint State School District. College Corner is asking for a 6.5-mill,five-year renewal levy, according to the Preble County Board of Elections. The cost for the homeowner wasn’t available from the Preble County Auditor’s office on Thursday, but officials said it does include some reductions.