Voter registration deadline approaches for Cincinnati mayoral primary, other May 2 races

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The state's elections chief is reminding Ohio residents that they have only a few days left to register to vote in the spring primary.

Voters in 74 of Ohio's 88 counties may have a local race or issue on the ballot May 2, Secretary of State Jon Husted said.

That includes Cincinnati's nonpartisan mayoral primary. Incumbent Mayor John Cranley is facing a challenge from Councilwoman Yvette Simpson and Rob Richardson Jr., former chairman of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.

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The registration deadline for the primary is Monday. Ohioans wishing to register to vote or update their registration can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to get started. The state’s new online voter registration system went live at midnight Jan. 1 this year. 

Husted said the online system will immediately check a voter’s eligibility prior to accepting the registration. With an automated system, the risk of human error is also significantly reduced, he said..

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