(Plain Press, May 2018) The Primary Election will be held on Tuesday May 8th. On election day, the polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
According to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, you will need one of the following forms of identification to vote: a current and valid Ohio driver’s license, or state identification card; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address.
If you would like to vote early, you can go to the Board of Elections at 2923 Euclid Avenue. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th; 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 6th; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 7th.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections notes that the May 8th Election is a primary election so you can establish which political party you want to belong when you select a ballot. You can switch political parties, if you wish to, during this election. You can also vote as an independent. So, when you go to the polls, you can select a Democratic, Republican, Green Party or “issues only” non-partisan ballot.
If you need to check to see if you are registered; to locate your polling place; or need the number of your ward or letter for your precinct, you can call the Board of Elections at 216-443-8683.
To view the ballot ahead of time to study the issues and candidates you can go to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at: http://www.443vote.com. Click on “What’s On My Ballot” and then enter the date of the election, your City, Ward and Precinct. You will also have to choose a political party or non-partisan (issues only) ballot.
This year’s primary election will feature statewide candidates running for Governor, Auditor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Attorney General and the Ohio Supreme Court.
The primary will also feature federal candidates running for the United States Senate and Congress.
Candidates will also be competing to represent their party in the General Election for seats in the Ohio House and the Ohio Senate.
In Cuyahoga County the primary election will feature the County Executive, some County Council seats and County Judges. (For nonpartisan information on judicial candidates voters can visit judge4yourself.com.)
Political Party Officers will be elected to the State Central Committee and Democrats will elect members of the County Central Committee.
There is one statewide issue on the Primary Ballot, State, Issue One, (see related article) which changes the method for establishing political voting boundaries for Congressional Districts in Ohio.
There is one countywide issue, Issue 9, a renewal of the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services Levy.