May 8thPrimary Election features a variety of contests and some issues


(Plain Press, April 2018)       Early voting for the May 8thPrimary Election will begin on April 10th, 2018.

If you are not yet registered to vote, the deadline to register and still vote in the primary election is April 9th. You can register at a local library, a public high school, an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ office, or the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. You can also register online at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at

If you need help registering to vote because of a criminal conviction or disability, the ACLU of Ohio’s Vote Center may be able to provide assistance at

There are a number of issues on the ballot.

State wide issue one creates a bipartisan public process for drawing congressional districts in Ohio.

In Cuyahoga County, Issue 9 is a renewal for the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Resources Levy.

For those choosing a Political Party Ballot – Democrat or Republican, there are a number of candidates vying to represent their party in the November election. On the federal level, there are candidates running for Congress and the United States Senate.

Ohio Political Parties are also electing representatives to the Political Party Central Committees for the Democratic and Republican Parties. These candidates are running in each State Senate District. Green Party candidates are vying to be elected to the Cuyahoga County Central Committee for the Green Party.

Ohioans will  also be electing State Senators and State Representatives. There are a number of candidates vying to represent their party in the November election.

In Cuyahoga County, the position of County Executive is up for re-election.

Several Cuyahoga County Council Seats have candidates contending in the primary.

Judicial Candidates are also competing in the primary in the Court of Appeals, and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Statewide candidates are running for Governor, Attorney General, Auditor of State, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State and State Supreme Court.

To view your ballot ahead before voting, go to Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Website at Then, under the heading Elections you can click on View ballots. Choose the election date – 5/8/ 2018, your city and your ward  and political party (or nonpartisan ballot) and view the ballot in the upcoming primary. If you know your precinct you can also add that when searching for a ballot. The website can also give you hours and locations for early voting which starts on April 10th.

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