What to know about Tuesday’s election in Butler County

Editor’s note: It was incorrectly reported one of the Democratic candidates for Congress was a previous party nominee. It’s been corrected in this online version.

BUTLER COUNTY — Results of the long-awaited Ohio presidential primary election will be posted to boards of elections Tuesday evening.

The primary was postponed on March 16, the day before the scheduled primary, when Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton ordered all polls closed.

The Ohio legislature later moved Election Day from March to April 28.

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Nearly 20 percent of the 44,000-plus requested ballots in Butler County have been returned, according to the Butler County Board of Elections.

When are ballots due?

Ballots are due to the boards of elections by 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. All ballots can be hand-delivered to the election offices, and Butler and Warren counties have secure dropboxes where ballots can be deposited.

Any ballots mailed must be postmarked by Monday and voters must request the post office apply a postmark stamp.

Ballots cast before the original March 17 primary date are ready to be counted on Tuesday. Because boards do not have to wait for polling locations to return, results should be posted no later than 8:45 p.m. Tuesday.

If you have not already requested a ballot, your window has passed. This past Saturday was the last day to request a ballot to be mailed.

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Races on the ballot

Democrats Vanessa Enoch, of West Chester Twp., and Matt Guyette, of Greenville will vie for their party’s nomination in 2020. This is Enoch’s second time seeking the seat, and was the party’s nominee in 2018. Guyette is seeking the seat for his third time, but has failed to secure a primary win.

The Democratic winner will face either Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, or his primary challenger, West Chester Twp. resident Edward Meer, in November.

Republicans have more decisions to make in this primary, but many GOP primary winners will have a Democratic opponent in the fall.

• 4th Ohio Senate District: The winner among Ohio Reps. Candice Keller, of Middletown, and George Lang, of West Chester Twp., and West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong will face Democrat Kathy Wyenandt, of Liberty Twp.

• 52nd Ohio House District: The winner between retired Air Force Lt. Col. Jennifer L. Gross, of West Chester Twp., and West Chester Twp. Mark Welch will face Democrat Chuck Horn, of West Chester Twp.

• 53rd Ohio House District: The winner among Diane Mullins, of Hamilton, Madison Twp. Trustee Thomas Hall and Monroe School Board member Brett Guido will face Democrat and Middletown School Board member Michelle E. Novak.

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Winners of the following Republican primary races will be unopposed in November:

• 12th District Court of Appeals: Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, of West Chester Twp., Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah E. Powers II, of Middletown, attorney Matthew Byrne, of Maineville, and attorney Mary Lynne Birck, of New Richmond.

• Butler County Common Please Judge: Heather L. Cady, of Middletown, and John M. Holcomb, of Hamilton.

Issues on the ballot

There are five Butler County pocketbook issues voters will decide, which include:

• An additional tax for the city of Hamilton’s roads. The 3.9-mill levy will be taxed over 10 years.

• A renewal of the Lemon Twp. Fire District Fire levy. The 3.8-mill levy will be over five years.

• An additional tax for St. Clair Twp.’s fire district No. 1. The 3.5-mill levy will be a continuing levy.

• A renewal of the Midpointe Library System Current expenses (Renewal) 0.75-mill levy will be for five years.

• A substitute levy for Edgewood City School District. The 5.63-mill levy will be for five years.

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Limited in-person voting

Each of Ohio’s county elections offices will have limited in-person voting on Tuesday, but it is only for people with disabilities and those who don’t have a home mailing address. Limited in-person voting will be from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Election Day.


Voters with questions should call the Butler or Warren county board of elections.

• Butler County: 513-887-3700

• Warren County: 513-695-1358

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