Ohioans have until Monday to register to vote in May primary

Posted at 10:29 AM, Apr 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-09 08:16:38-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio's elections chief is reminding residents that Monday is the last day to register to vote in the May primary.

The secretary of state says voters will have the chance to weigh in on a statewide ballot issue involving redistricting and to vote in statewide and local races. A total of 477 local issues are on ballots in 83 of Ohio's 88 counties.

Ohioans also will pick party nominees for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer on May 8. Early voting begins Tuesday.

Some officials are worried about low voter turnout. 

"Typically in this type of election we see a lower turnout, we're looking at maybe 20 to 25 percent. We'd love to see a higher turnout. We have some races that are decided by only one vote, so every vote does matter,” said Sherry Poland with the Hamilton County Board of Elections. 

Information on the statewide races, as well as congressional, state legislative and court of appeals races, is available at

Voters can register or update their registration online. Paper registration forms also are available at local election boards and public libraries.