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Ohio Primary: Voter Registration Closes Tuesday, Early Voting Begins Wednesday

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote for Ohio’s presidential primary on March 17. Early voting begins Wednesday.

Voters can check their registration with the Secretary of State's office.

The most recent stats show there are 7,730,676 registered voters in Ohio, out of a population of nearly 11.7 million people.

On the Ohio ballot, 15 Democratic candidates and one Republican candidate have been certified. President Donald Trump is the lone Republican, since Bill Weld did not qualify.

The Democrats include the eight candidates still in the presidential race: Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer and Elizabeth Warren.

Te deadline for Ohio to certify official ballots is January 7, 70 days before the election If certified candidates want to withdraw from the election, the Secretary of State's office say they must withdraw by February 6, 40 days before the election.

Cory Booker dropped out of the race in mid-January, so he will be listed on the Ohio ballot but there will be a notice provided to voters that he withdrew his name. Votes for Booker won't be counted.

Candidates who submitted notices of withdrawal after February 6 will still be listed on the ballot, and votes for them will be counted. Deval Patrick and Michael Bennet, who suspended their campaigns after the New Hampshire primary, fall under this category.

There are also primaries in many of Ohio's 16 Congressional districts. 

Reps. Brad Wenstrup, Joyce Beatty, Bill Johnson, Warren Davidson, Marcy Kaptur, Troy Balderson, Dave Joyce, Steve Stivers, Mike Turner, and Marcia Fudge are all facing primary challengers, as well as prospective opponents from the opposite party.

Only Reps. Steve Chabot, Jim Jordan, Bob Latta, Tim Ryan, Bob Gibbs, and Anthony Gonzalez have no primary opponents, although they’ll face opponents in the November general election.

There are also hundreds of issues and questions on local ballots, both partisan and non-partisan.

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