Tuesday's special election in Lordstown has drawn interest from people and organizations outside the Village of 3,300 people.

Voters in that community will go to the polls in all three precincts to cast ballots on three issues, deciding whether or not they want to reverse a decision to rezone 176 acres of property near Hallock Young Road.

Village leaders approved the zone changes to pave the way for a $160 million. 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center for TJX companies and its HomeGoods brand.

Some neighbors living near the property launched a successful petition drive to challenge the zoning approval and put the issue before voters.

Those neighbors have expressed concerns about dust, lights, noise, water runoff and increased traffic, and have unsuccessfully pushed for alternate locations for the project.

The developers responded to the opposition by offering to install noise buffers, LED lighting directed toward the building, road rerouting, traffic lights, and a retention pond for rainwater runoff.

People who mounted the petition drive have found little support from area government and business leaders who argue that turning away the project would also turn away the prospect of 1,000 new jobs in a community that has already lost hundreds of jobs with the elimination of the second and third shift at the General Motors Assembly plant.

The union representing those laid-off workers is letting supporters of the TJX project use their union hall to conduct a rally just one day before the special election.

The rally is scheduled from 3:15 – 5 p.m. Monday at the UAW Local 1714 hall at 2121 Salt Springs Road. Two Trumbull County Commissioners are expected to attend the rally.

Congressman Tim Ryan, made himself available to the news media Monday morning to discuss the project and the vote.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill to move up the date of the vote to Tuesday. Otherwise, the issues would have had to wait until the November election.

The Cafaro Company and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber who support the TJX project, are offering free rides to the polls on Tuesday. Those in need of transportation can call 330-369-2600.

The Warren Area Board of Realtors is facing a complaint filed with the elections officials over signs it erected in support of TJX. The realtors argue that the signs are in compliance with the law.

When and where do you vote?

The polls are open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

This will be the only polling location for this special election as well as future elections in Lordstown.

This is unless you have changed your name and address, in which case you will need to go to the board of elections directly. 

What identification do you need to vote?

Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address and provide proof of identity.

The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:

An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with your present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;

A military identification;

A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;

An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;

An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or

An original or copy of current other government documents (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address.