Ohio's Primary Election is March 17. Here's What You Need to Know

There are plenty of contests and issues worth voters' attention this year, from choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president to weighing in on a number of local candidates to a levy that could set the future for public transit in the region.

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click to enlarge A Metro bus at Government Square in downtown Cincinnati - Nick Swartsell
Nick Swartsell
A Metro bus at Government Square in downtown Cincinnati

It's that time again — primary season is here in Ohio, and with it, all the usual political debates, campaign mailers and yard signs. 

Primary elections usually have lower turnout than general elections, but there are plenty of contests worth voters' attention this year on the local level. And oh yeah — Ohio voters will also play a potentially pivotal role in choosing the Democratic Party's nominee for president. 

Closer to home, voters will weigh in on candidates for key county positions and a potentially huge boost for the region's public transit system and repair of roads and bridges.

So far this year, primary voting has been higher than last time presidential primary contests were being decided. Roughly 42,000 Democrats and 39,000 Republicans have cast early ballots by mail in Ohio — well above 2016 levels for both parties.  

If you need to find your polling location, go here. (The Hamilton County Board of Elections relocated some polling locations, specifically those in senior living facilities, over COVID-19 concerns.)

Here are links to overviews of what's in play on the primary ballot this year in Hamilton County. 

• Democratic Party Presidential Primary 

• Ohio's 1st Congressional District Democratic Party Primary

• Hamilton County Commission: Party Primaries

• Hamilton County Sheriff: Democratic Party Primary

• Issue 7: Hamilton County Metro Bus Levy

• Hamilton County Prosecutor: Democratic Party Primary

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