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Register by Monday or you cant vote in the May primary
By Bennett Leckrone
(April 9, 2018) — For those who want to vote in Ohio’s May 8 primary election, the deadline to register is quickly approaching.
The final day to sign up is Monday. For those who have moved but have not informed the county elections board, they must update their address to remain eligible.
Any residents who register after the deadline will be eligible for the next election but not the May 8 primary, according to the Ohio secretary of state’s website.
Registering voters will need to provide their Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number, as well as their name, date of birth, address and the last four digits of their Social Security number to register.
Several alternative methods, including utility bills and military IDs, can be used for voter identification. A list of alternative IDs is available on the Ohio secretary of state’s website.
Voters can register in person at their local board of elections, via mail or online via the secretary of state’s website.
To vote, people must be U.S. citizens, registered by the deadline, residents of Ohio for at least 30 days prior to the election, and 18 years old on or before the date of the November general election.
That means Ohio 17-year-olds who turn 18 on or before Nov. 6 may register and vote on the nomination of candidates, but not on issues in the May primary. Aaron Sellers, a spokesman for the Franklin County Board of Elections, said there are 856,682 people registered to vote in Franklin County.
Waves of activism and Democratic action across the country have prompted concern among some Republicans that the November elections could result in a massive Democratic surge.
The victory of a liberal candidate Monday in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race prompted Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is up for re-election in November, to send out a warning of a Democratic takeover, according to an Associated Press report.
“We are at risk of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin,” Walker said in a fundraising email Wednesday. “After these two defeats, it is clear that our big bold reforms are in jeopardy.”
Primaries could be indicators of voter enthusiasm and party turnout for the November elections, according to a report by The New York Times.
Not all states have been swinging blue in their primaries. In Texas, Republicans outvoted the Democrats in their March primaries by around a half-million votes, according the Associated Press. In that primary, however, Democrats’ hopes were still buoyed by a high voter turnout.