Election Primer: Ohio, Indiana to vote Tuesday

CINCINNATI -- Primary elections are looming for Ohio and Indiana residents as local politicians make a final push to get out the vote.

The polls open at 6:30 a.m. in Ohio and will be open until 7:30 p.m. In Indiana, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You must have a valid ID when you go to cast your vote.

Kentucky is not holding a primary Tuesday.

For voters who opted to vote absentee, voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by May 5 and received by May 16.

Election boards also will accept them until polls close May 6. They cannot be returned at polling places.

More information is available via these links:

Ohio: State election page | voter brochure   | Where is my polling place?
Indiana: State election page | voter brochure | Where is my polling place?

The general election will be held on Nov. 4.

Click here for a list of who’s running in Ohio.

Low voter turnout expected

The Butler County Board of Elections predicts that at most, 22 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in today’s primary, according to board director Lynn Kinkaid.

The Journal-News reported that voter turnout for the 2010 primary, a race for who would be elected governor, was 23.4 percent. In 2012, which saw voters casting their ballot for who would be the Republican presidential nominee, turnout for the primary was just 18.4 percent.

Along with turnout to the primary itself predicted to be minimal, the amount of early or absentee ballots cast also is on the decline, Kinkaid said.

There are also four Republican candidates for Butler County commissioner and voters in Middletown and Fairfield there are school levies on the ballot, as well.

"It's a very exciting day election day and election night people here waiting for the results we have election night reporting now on our computers it's exciting of course I think it'll be more exciting in November,” Kinkaid said.

In 2010, 6,787 people voted early or via absentee ballot, he said. This year, 5,120 people requested such an option and 4,635 have returned the ballot, with 462 ballots still outstanding, according to the Journal-News.

Warren County Director of Elections Brian Sleeth said only about 20 to 30 percent of the county’s 145,645 registered voters are expected to cast ballots Tuesday. Early and absentee voting has also been lagging, he said, with 1,144 people coming in-person to vote early and 1,270 people voting by mail.

Races to Watch

Among the more high profile races, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner is facing a primary challenge back home. Three GOP opponents and some big outside spending is lined up against him.

The increased scrutiny has the Speaker of the House running TV commercials and making extra stops to shore up support.

Candidates in Tuesday's other primary include a number of incumbent Republicans facing challengers for a chance to keep their seats this fall in the Ohio Statehouse and U.S. Capitol.

Those contests include spouses and daughters of state lawmakers hoping to represent districts held by family members. In the race for governor, an endorsed Democratic candidate is already looking past his primary opponent to campaign against Republican Gov. John Kasich.

In Warren County, state Rep. Pete Beck is up for re-election while facing 69 felony indictments.

Voters also will decide which candidates will run in November races for the U.S. House, in a year in which all 16 incumbents are seeking re-election.

The election will determine the outcome of one statewide ballot issue. Voters will decide whether to allow the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The money would be used by the Ohio Public Works Commission to give grants and loans to local governments for capital improvement projects. Those could include updates to roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.

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