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Central Ohio voters to pick top Dem., decide levies

It's primary election day in Ohio. The polls opened at 6:30 this morning and will close tonight at 7:30.

Voter turnout has been predicted at 34 percent -- in line with primaries in other presidential election years.

However, every presidential primary in recent memory was over before it ever got to Ohio. That isn't the case with the Democrats this year.

Even though ten states are holding primaries or caucuses today, front-runners John Kerry and John Edwards have hit Ohio hard with three campaign visits in recent days.

Franklin county voters will decide two key levy issues. One would help COSI pay for operating expenses in return for free admission for Franklin County residents. The other would fund Franklin County Children's Services.

Ohio Democrats and Republicans also will be choosing candidates for the US Senate, Congress, all 99 Ohio House seats and 16 of the 33 state Senate seats.

There's also a Democratic primary for a vacant state Supreme Court seat.