Ohio Primary Election 2018: What you need to know

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The Ohio primary is finally here. Today is your day to get out and vote on a total of 477 local issues that are on ballots in 83 of Ohio’s 88 counties. Ohioans also will pick party nominees for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer.

NBC4 has put together this voter guide to help you be prepared as you head to the polls today.

Am I eligible to vote?

In order to vote, you must be a US citizen, at least 18 years old today and living in the county that matches your registration. You can not vote if you are currently serving a sentence or are on parole for a felony conviction. 

A college student may vote using his or her Ohio school residence address if the student does not intend to return to a different permanent address. It is illegal for a person to register and vote from two different addresses.

Click here for more voter eligibility and residency requirements.

Am I registered to vote?

The last day to register to vote for the primary in Ohio was April 9. If you’re pretty certain you made that deadline, you can check your voting status by clicking/tapping here. You’ll need to know your name, county you live in and your street address to verify your registration.

If you’re wanting to vote in the November 6 General Election, you must get your voter registration completed by October 9, 2018. You can file online here.

What voter identification can I bring?

While Ohio state law does not require a photo ID, all voters must bring some form of acceptable identification to the polls in order to verify their identity.

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address
  • A military identification
  • A current photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio
  • An original or copy of a current utility bill with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address
  • An original or copy of a current other government document with the voter’s name and present address

If you can’t present one of those eight forms of photo ID, you can fill out a provisional ballot by providing either your Ohio driver’s license number or the last four digits of your social security number. Once the information is reviewed by the board of elections, your vote will be counted. If you cannot provide that information, you can still vote, but your vote won’t be counted unless you bring one of the above listed items to the board of elections.

Where do I cast my ballot?

The same place you confirm your registration is also the same place you’ll find your precinct. Google has made it easy to find where to vote this year. Just simply search for “Where do I vote?” You can also search for your polling location on this interactive map.

Election Issues on the Ballot

A constitutional amendment is on the statewide ballot Issue 1 would create a bipartisan, public process for drawing congressional districts. The goal is to make it harder to political parties to draw U-S House districts that favor one party over another. vote “yes” if you’re for the issue. Vote “no” if you’re against it.

In the Ohio governor’s race, Republicans will choose between Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, a former U.S. senator, and Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, a former state auditor who’s spent the year distancing herself from the administration of Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Democratic candidates include Richard Cordray, who served as consumer watchdog under President Barack Obama; former U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich; state Sen. Joe Schiavoni; and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill.

There are also a number of school levies and other local issues. Simply click on your county name to see what local issues are on the ballot. Some counties do not list issues on their websites, but you can view your sample ballot.


How long are the polls open?

All polls will be open from 6:30am until 7:30pm Tuesday, May 8, 2016.

What happens if I run into polling place problems or see people trying to intimidate me when I vote?

If a situation is to occur inside a polling place, voters can notify an election judge. You can also let NBC4 know about the issue so we can look into it on your behalf by filling out the form on this page.

Can I change my vote?


How can I track election results?

We’ll have local and national coverage throughout the night on air and online on our main election results tracker page. You can check local results in your county using the dropdown menu above. You can also track your absentee ballot by clicking/tapping here.

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