With the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this summer, the governor of our state campaigning for the nation’s highest office, and two political titans clashing for a seat in the U.S Senate, Ohio is once again the epicenter of politics in our country. From Cleveland to Cincinnati, campaigns are being mounted for the March 15th Primary Election. The winners of the primary contests will go on to ultimately face voters in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8th.
Here is some useful information for the 2016 Primary Election process.
Register to Vote
The deadline to vote in the 2016 primary has already passed. However, you are eligible to register to vote in the November 8th general election until October 11th, 2016. Click here to learn more about registering to vote.
In Ohio you may vote absentee in person beginning 35 days prior to the election. To vote early by mail you must submit an application for an absentee ballot to your county board of elections. Your application must be received no later than noon three days before the election. Your voted ballot must be must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received by the board of elections no later than ten days after the election. Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office has created an early voting portal to guide you through the process. Click here to visit the portal and learn more about early voting in Ohio.
Vote on Election Day
Click here to find your polling place if you planning on voting on the March 15th Primary Election Day. Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at their polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and provide proof of identity. A voter must have one of the following forms of identification in order to vote on Election Day.
Find Your Candidates
As I previously mentioned, there are many contested primaries for both Republican and Democratic offices throughout our state. Click here to learn more about the candidates that will appear on your ballot as you head to the polls this primary season.