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Ohio Voter Registation Deadline Is Monday, Early Voting Begins Tuesday

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John Minchillo
Associated Press

Monday is the last day to register for Ohio's May primary. Early voting for the primary begins Tuesday.

The Secretary of State Jon Husted says voters will have the chance to weigh in on Issue 1, a statewide ballot issue involving redistricting, and to vote in statewide and local races. A total of 477 local issues are on ballots in 83 of Ohio's 88 counties.

On May 8, Ohioans will pick party nominees for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer, all of which are open races Primaries for U.S. Senator and U.S. Representatives, some of which include incumbent candidates, will also be held.

In Columbus, voters will also see Issue 3, a proposed charter amendment to reform Columbus City Council.

Ohioans who are currently 17, but will turn 18 by the November election, are allowed to register now and vote for candidates in the May primary - but not for ballot issues.

For the statewide races, the major party candidates are:

Ohio Governor and Lieutenant Governor:

  • Richard Cordray and Betty Sutton (D)
  • Larry Ealy and Jeffrey Lynn (D)
  • Dennis Kucinich and Tara Samples (D)
  • Bill O'Neill and Chantelle Lewis (D)
  • Paul Ray and Jerry Schroeder (D)
  • Joe Schiavoni and Stephanie Dodd (D)
  • Mike DeWine and Jon Husted (R)
  • Mary Taylor and Nathan Estruth (R)

Ohio Attorney General

  • Steve Dettelbach (D)
  • Dave Yost (R)

Ohio Auditor

  • Keith Faber (R)
  • Zack Space (D)

Ohio Secretary of State

  • Kathleen Clyde (D)
  • Frank LaRose (R)

Ohio Treasurer

  • Sandra O'Brien (R)
  • Robert Sprague (R)
  • Rob Richardson (D)

Ohio Supreme Court

  • Melody J. Stewart (D)
  • Mary DeGenaro (R)

U.S. Senator

  • Melissa Ackison (R)
  • Don Elijah Eckhart (R)
  • Mike Gibbons (R)
  • Dan Kiley (R)
  • Jim Renacci (R)
  • Sherrod Brown (D, incumbent)

Information on the statewide races, as well as Congressional, state legislative and court of appeals races, is available at MyOhioVote.com.

Voters can register or update their registration online. Paper registration forms also are available at local election boards and public libraries.