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

Posted at 11:04 AM, Mar 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-29 13:14:37-04

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 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..