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The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus


May 2 Primary Election Information

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017

A primary election for voters across Ohio is scheduled for Tuesday, May, 2. A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Ohio utilizes an open primary system. In an open primary system, a voter does not have to register with a political party beforehand in order to vote in that party's primary. In Ohio, voters select their preferred party primary ballots at their polling places on Election Day.
The deadline for register to vote for the May 2 primary is April 3. Voters can now register completely online through the Ohio Secretary of State's website, here. Early in person voting will begin April 4 at the Franklin County Board of Election's Office at 1700 Morse Rd, 43229. You can view a complete schedule of early in person voting here.
Not every voter in Franklin County will have contested candidates races on which to vote. You can view a personalized ballot to see what races and issues you will be voting on through the Franklin County Board of Elections. Click here.  The League will also be publishing an online version of our nonpartisan Voter Information Bulletin with candidate and issue profiles sometime in the next few weeks. Check back soon!
Read more: Franklin County Board of Elections