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What you need to know about the March 17 primary election in Ohio

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The 2020 presidential primary election in Ohio falls this year on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Here’s everything you need to know about checking your registration, seeing what’s on your ballot, voting early, finding your polling place and more.

How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote for Ohio’s primary election is Feb. 18.

To register online, you need your Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, name, date of birth, address and last four digits of your social security number. (Click here to register)

What is a primary election?

Primary elections are the process by which voters can indicate their preference for their party’s candidate, or a candidate in general, in an upcoming general election, local election, or by-election, with the goal of narrowing the field of candidates.

How do I become a poll worker?

Seneca County Board of Elections Deputy Director Lori Ritzler recently addressed the need for election workers for the March 17 primary.

Ritzler said 210-215 people are needed to run the election, and while there are many people signed up to be a poll worker, several more are needed. Those who work the election are paid $30 for training and another $120 for their work on the day of the election.

If you’re interested, call the elections office at (419) 447-4424.

Does Ohio have open primaries?

Ohio has partially open primaries, which means voters may cross party lines when casting their votes, but they will need to declare their ballot choice.

What do I need to vote?

Ohio law requires the following forms of identification that may be used by a voter:

  • An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of voters.
  • A military identification
  • A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or State of Ohio that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed.

Which contested races/issues will be on the ballot in Tiffin?

The Democratic candidates vying for presidency:

  • Joe Biden, former vice president
  • Mike Bloomberg, former mayor of New York
  • Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • Tulsi Gabbard, congresswoman from Hawaii
  • Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota senator
  • Bernie Sanders, Vermont senator
  • Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manager
  • Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts senator

The Democratic candidates vying for U.S. Congress – Ohio District 4:

  • Shannon Freshour, paralegal from Marysville
  • Mike Larsen, TV writer & former congressional staffer from Plain City
  • Jeffrey Sites, logistics manager from Lima

The Republican candidates vying for State Senate District 26:

  • Melissa Ackison, small business owner & conservative activist from Marysville
  • Bill Reineke, state representative from Tiffin

The Republican candidates vying for State House District 88:

  • Gary Click, controversial pastor from Vickery
  • Ed Ollom, environmental engineer from Fremont
  • Shayne Thomas, businessman & Seneca Cty. Commissioner from Clinton Township

The Republican candidates vying for Seneca County Commissioner:

  • William Frankart, farmer from Adams Township
  • Tyler “Ty” Shuff, Tiffin City Councilman

The Republican candidates vying for Seneca County Sheriff:

  • Matthew Huffman, former Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office deputy
  • David Pahl, current Seneca Co. Sheriff’s Office captain from
  • Fred Stevens, current Tiffin Police Chief

Tiffin City Schools bond issue:

  • For the purpose of constructing, renovating and improving school facilities in cooperation with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission; furnishing and equipping the same; improving the sites thereof; and acquiring land and interests in land.

Look up and take a look at your sample ballot here.

For complete voter information, head the Ohio Secretary of State’s OhioVotes.gov website.

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