There will be a primary on Tuesday, May 3rd! There have been severe delays in finalizing districts for the state legislature and U.S. House seats.
Early voting has already started and mail in ballots must be sent in by May 2nd, so it is not too late to vote early or absentee.
The primary determines who will be on the ballot in the November election and there are the several important races:
- Attorney General
- Auditor of State
- Secretary of State
- Treasurer of State
- Ohio Supreme Court
- U.S. Senate
- U.S. Representative to Congress
- Judicial and municipal candidates
State senator and State Representative will not be on the May 3rd Primary ballot because of delays with redistricting. There will be a separate primary for those state level offices, most likely in August.
How to vote:
IN-PERSON: Voting in person on May 3rd from 6:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. You can find your polling location using the Ohio’s “Find My Polling Location” online.
- You have to bring identification, such as a photo ID issued by the government or a current utility bill, with you.
- If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote or ask for assistance from a poll worker.
- If you are not able to physically enter the polling location you can vote curbside. When you arrive at the voting place, inform poll workers of your desire to vote, and poll workers will bring you a ballot which you can fill out in a vehicle or outside of the building.
- There are also options to early in person if Tuesday May 3rd does not work for you.
ABSENTEE: The second option to vote is to vote absentee.
You can request a ballot to be sent to you in the mail. The request form can be downloaded at VoteOhio.gov. And places such as public libraries, have vote-by-mail request forms readily available. The completed form can be mailed to your local board of elections or returned in person to your board of elections. The request to have a ballot mailed to you has to be made by the Saturday before Election Day.
- For voters with a disability, there is an Accessible Absentee option which allows for the absentee ballot to be filled out online. You need to fill out the online request form that has to printed, signed, and mailed to your county board of elections. Like absentee voting you have to fill out a request form and mail it in, but your ballot will be available over the internet rather than sent to you by mail.
People with disabilities are over 10% of the US population, last year over 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote. Your voice, your vote can make a big impact. Make sure you are registered and a have a plan in place to vote this November 2nd.
- Ohio secretary of state useful tool kit: Voter Toolkit - Ohio Secretary of State (ohiosos.gov)
- Cuyahoga board of elections: The Official Government Site of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections