What You Need to Know About the March 6 Primary

Presidential candidates are only a small part of the ballot

Ohio voters will decide much more than the Republican Presidential primary on March 6.

It's a major election that will narrow fields of candidates in a number of state, regional, judicial and county races, as well as decide local issues in some communities.

Here's what you need to know:

Deadlines for Voters

• You can register to vote until Feb. 6, which is 30 days before the election.

• If you want to vote by mail, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has to have absentee ballots ready by Jan. 31. You have until noon on March 3 to apply for an absentee ballot

• That ballot must be postmarked by March 5 and received by the Board of Elections by March 16 to be counted. 

• In-person voting by absentee ballot at the Board of Elections ends at 6 p.m. March 2.

What's On the Ballot

• In addition to the Presidential primary, Ohio voters will decide races for U.S. Senate, Congress, state senator, state representative, Ohio Supreme Court, appeals court, political party central committees, common pleas judges and some county offices.

• In Cuyahoga County, there will be races for county prosecutor and, in some districts, County Council, as well as a 4.8-mill renewal levy for health and human services.

Voting Day

• Polls are open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

• Absentee ballots that are not mailed must be delivered to the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This story has been revised. An earlier version stated incorrectly that the state board of education race will appear on the ballot. It will not.


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