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Frequently asked questions

What is on the November 3rd ballot for Lorain City Schools?

Issue 17 is a RENEWAL and will NOT RAISE TAXES. Your support is critical to help us extend the current operating budget for 5 years, starting 2022 through the year 2027.

What do we get if the levy passes?

Passage of this levy will ensure our district can provide a quality education in safe learning environments, as we prepare to return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support will provide:

  • Critical technology and remote learning supports;
  • Medical, dental, and mental health services;
  • Family engagement and outreach supports
  • Masks, sanitizer and plexiglass barriers;
  • Services and supports for families who speak Spanish at home

What will happen if this levy does not pass?

If Issue 17 does not pass, the Lorain City Schools will lose $10,000,000 per year, beginning 2022. This means that the district will need to make cuts to teachers, instructional aides and instructional materials — all of which are critically needed by our schools. Especially now.

Why should I support this levy?

Issue 17 is a renewal and will NOT raise taxes for residents of the City of Lorain. Supporting Issue 17 is critical to ensuring our students have the educational opportunities that they deserve, in learning environments which are safe for our children and adults.

How much will it cost me?

Issue 17 is a RENEWAL levy. It will NOT RAISE TAXES.

Can I vote before Election Day even in November?

Yes. Individuals who are registered to vote can complete an absentee ballot request form at, print it out, and return the completed request form to: Lorain County Board of Elections 1985 North Ridge Road East Lorain, OH 44055 Boards of Elections in Ohio are not permitted to begin mailing out regular Absentee Ballots until October 6th for the November 3rd General Election. PLEASE NOTE: The United States Postal Service estimates first class mail may take 2 to 5 days for delivery. Please keep this in mind when mailing election related materials.

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote online at You can also register by mail by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer. The deadline to register is October 5, 2020. Remember that certain changes of information can trigger an update to your voter registration. So, if you have had a name or address change, for example, you will want to update your information.

Where do I vote?

To find your voting location, click here for polling places.

Where can I find more information on school levies in Ohio?

The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) created this online resource for Ohio residents: Understanding School Levies Fact Sheet

Is it save to vote in person on election day 2020? Or should you choose early voting or a mail-in ballot?

Experts say the answer depends on a variety of factors unique to you — your personal risk, the degree of COVID-19 transmission in your local area and your willingness to plan and execute personal safety precautions while casting your vote. Here’s a step-by-step guide to voting safely.