Ohio Primary update: Voter turnout heavier in local suburbs


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OHIO — The day is finally here: today is the presidential primary election in the state of Ohio.

Midday voter turnout in Cuyahoga County was 12%. Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections says that the number was about what they expected. Most of the voter activity has been in the suburbs of the county.

Ohio is a key battleground today. It and four other big states — Florida, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri — hold primary contests.

On the Republican side, Ohio’s 66 delegates are winner-take-all. Candidates are Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. On the Democratic side is Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Over 100 other races and issues will also be on the ballot. Those include the race for Cuyahoga County prosecutor between Prosecutor Timothy McGinty and former Assistant County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley.

Ohioans are also deciding primary contests for state Legislature and the Ohio Supreme Court.

How and where to vote

Polls will be open until  7:30 p.m. at the state’s over 8,800 precincts.

Voters planning to cast their ballot in person on Election Day should remember to bring proper identification. A list of acceptable forms of I.D. can be found on the Secretary of State’s website here. To find your polling location, click here. 

If voters requested an absentee ballot by mail and have not returned it, they can deliver it to their county board of elections by 7:30 p.m.

17-year-olds can vote for first time

For the first time, 17-year-olds will be able to cast a vote in an Ohio presidential primary election. Now, 17-year-olds who will be 18 before the fall election can vote.

The move comes after a Franklin County judge ruled in favor of a lawsuit, asking for the change.

Confusion over Republican ballot

Some voters have complained in recent weeks that layout is confusing on the Republican ballot.

There are two boxes on the ballot for delegates, one representing the contest for at-large delegates and one for district delegates. According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, only the first box representing the at-large delegates will count in the “winner take all primary,” although both boxes will still be counted.

For more on the issue, click here. 

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