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Early voting for May 6 primary begins Tuesday

Published: Mon, March 31, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Marc Kovac



The early voting period for the May 6 primary starts Tuesday, with more than a month for eligible Ohioans to cast ballots in person or mail them to county elections boards.

Residents still have about a week to register — and cast ballots during what will be the state’s final so-called Golden Week — or to update their information in advance of Election Day.

Here are some things you should know going into the primary election season:

Register: The deadline for registering to participate in the May 6 election is April 7. You can accomplish that task in person at county elections boards, bureaus of motor vehicles and other designated agencies or online via the secretary of state’s MyOhioVote.com.

The website will provide you with the necessary registration form, which you’ll have to send in, since Ohio doesn’t allow online registration.

If you are already registered, you should log into the website between now and the deadline to make sure your address and other personal details are correct. If you need to make changes, you can do that online.

Golden Week: Lawmakers recently passed and Gov. John Kasich signed legislation eliminating Golden Week, that short period of time when eligible residents could register and cast ballots the same day.

But that new law doesn’t take effect until after the May primary, meaning you could feasibly register and vote during the next few days.

Come November, voters will have 28 or 29 days to cast early ballots, with the absentee period starting after the registration deadline.

Absentee ballots: Anyone can vote early in Ohio, either in person at designated polling places or through the mail. For mail-ins, you will have to submit an application for an absentee ballot, then fill it out and mail it by the Monday before the election or drop it off in person by Election Day at the board of elections office.

If you request and receive an absentee ballot but decide not to cast it, you likely will have to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day until local officials can confirm your mail-in ballot was not used.

In-person voting: Secretary of State Jon A. Husted already has set hours for early voting, adopting the approach endorsed by the Ohio Association of Election Officials.

In-person voting starts Tuesday, generally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through May 2. County elections officials will stay open until 9 p.m. April 7, and early voting will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon May 3, the final Saturday before Election Day.

Election Day: The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 6.

State contests: There’s only one contested race among statewide officeholders: Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald faces Dayton resident Larry Ealy for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. FitzGerald has the Ohio Democratic Party’s endorsement and already is focusing on challenging Gov. John Kasich in November.

The remainder of the statewide races — attorney general, auditor, treasurer and secretary of state — are unopposed.

Libertarian candidates for governor and attorney general will not appear on the ballot in May or November, barring court action.

Issues: There is one statewide issue on the primary ballot, a $1.9 billion public works bond issue that’s supported by Democrats and Republicans. It’s a continuation of the state capital improvement program, which originally was OK’d by voters in 1987 and renewed twice since then.

The new amendment seeks up to $175 million in state borrowing annually for five years (up from $150 million currently), followed by up to $200 million annually for the remaining five years. The proceeds would be used for grants for local roads, bridges, water supply, wastewater treatment, stormwater collection and solid-waste disposal.


1bgreene(143 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Remember.......Vote Early
.......and Vote Often !

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2handymandave(474 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

Won't matter much. As the last election proved. Too many idiots are allowed to vote.

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3JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

@ bgreene:

Be careful of what you say.

That is how Obama got elected.

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4zero(16 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

This is four weeks, nine hours a day, five days a week and one Saturday to vote early but the Democrats still want you to believe that people are being disenfranchised because they don't have enough time to vote. The sad thing is the poor liberal sheep in this valley will believe anything Timmy Ryan and Davey Betras spew forth.

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5ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 2 weeks ago

There are no poor liberal sheep in our Valley,but proud Democrats who are focused on restoring the American Dream that our union brothers and sisters obtained for us.The Middle class that composes much of our Valley has been under attack since that B movie actor with his trickle down voodoo economics occupied the White House.Its always funny when the Magtag Repairmans ie Valley Repubs,start posting about two of our areas finest Tim Ryan who is greatly respected on the National level as shown in the recent Time magazine article and David Betras who is revered State Wide as the best Democratic County Chair.The Republican Party here is a statewide long standing joke,They can only wish that they had a larger than life figure like David Betras running things for them.Their boy Kommandant Kasich will be toast when the details about Jobs Ohio are revealed and more and more details about charter schools are released.He is a tinpot dictator who has been a bully since he entered politics and this November Ohioans will finally wise up and send him back across the state line.

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6harleydog(209 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

WOW ysu forever. Exactly how much Koolaid have you been drinking.

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7borylie(790 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

ysuforever, Since you're a proud democrat,answer these two simple questions. What is the goal of democrats and how do get there?

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8borylie(790 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

ysuforever, Since you're a proud democrat,answer these two simple questions. What is the goal of democrats and how do you get there?

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9ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

The goal of Democrats is simple enough,start following the advice of Huey Long Everymans a King.Under Republican leadership only the wealthy one percent make gains economically while the middle class keeps shrinking,Trickle down economics has and will never work.Our Valley needs good paying jobs not more dollar stores,The great quality of life we had in the 1950s was because the rich paid their fair share of taxes and because our unions were strong ,powerful ,and devoted to making life better for average citizens.How we get back to the era of fair taxiation for all will be tough because of all the tax breaks given to the rich.How we get back to strong unions will only be when more corporations like Volkswagon realize that unions benefit not just the workers but also the employers.Democrats built this Valley and we can start bringing us back to the golden age by voting out the worst governor in Ohio history. Jobs or more truthfully Robs Ohio will be Kasichs Teapot Dome .It is a Wall Street shell game with zero accountability to anyone but the fraud of a governor .He hasn't done one thing to benefit our Valley and never will because we are Democrat strong and all he does is think of ways to punish his enemies.He is a bully and got what he deserved on SB 5 .

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10ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

Here are the facts about Kasich from the Bureau of Labor Statistics In 2013 Ohio ranked 45th in Job Creation .Also in 2013 Ohio was a national leader in job losses for 4 months..Ohio was 1 of only 4 states in the country whose economy did not expand in 2013 .and for the first time in 3 years Ohios unemployment rate is now higher than the national average.Great job by your boy Kasich who continues to push companies away from Ohio that either want to be unionized or even to give their workers a choice.He is too busy groveling for dollars in Las Vegas from Newts patron to pay attention to our Valley .Ted Strickland loved the Valley and is a decent honest man who lost because of wingnuts believing the Kasich snake oil ,He is a complete fraud and is heading for a defeat no matter how many tv commercials he runs .People are tired of his smirk and cocky attitude .He cant spin the facts and the sooner hes back in Western Pa the better

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11JoeFromHubbard(1038 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

@ ysuforever:

>> great quality of life we had in the 1950s was because the rich paid their fair share of taxes and because our unions were strong <<

Two points to consider:

1) The "rich" pay most of the income tax. Always have and always will due to the progressive income tax code.

2) The "strong unions" helped drive out the steel mills which paid unsustainable wages and benefits to the great masses of employees. Our mills could not compete with the newer and foreign mills.

The low hanging fruit which fed the great unwashed masses has been picked. Today it is a new game.

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12ysuforever(57 comments)posted 5 months, 1 week ago

I didn't know that Dollar General ,Family Dollar,and Dollar Tree could provide 238,000 jobs.Must be some other Dollar store chains I don't know about.

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