May 2014 Election Primer: Ohioans vote Tuesday on local and statewide races

Primary elections are looming for Ohio residents as local politicians make a final push to get out the vote.

The polls opened at 6:30 a.m. in Ohio and will be open until 7:30 p.m. 

You must have a valid ID when you go to cast your vote.

For voters who opted to vote absentee, voted ballots that are mailed must be postmarked by May 5 and received by May 16.

Election boards also will accept them until polls close May 6. They cannot be returned at polling places.

More information is available via these links:

Ohio: State election page | voter brochure   | Where is my polling place?

The general election will be held on Nov. 4.

Click here for a list of who’s running in Ohio.

Among the issues northeast Ohioans will see on the ballot is Issue 7 - the sin tax - that is about to expire and needs your approval to be extended in Cuyahoga County. That's the proposed tax to finance repairs and renovations to our sports facilities. It would last 20 years and to bring in $260 million from sales of cigarettes, beer and wine.

Candidates in Tuesday's other primary races include a number of incumbent Republicans facing challengers for a chance to keep their seats this fall in the Ohio Statehouse and U.S. Capitol.

Those contests include spouses and daughters of state lawmakers hoping to represent districts held by family members. In the race for governor, an endorsed Democratic candidate is already looking past his primary opponent to campaign against Republican Gov. John Kasich.

Voters also will decide which candidates will run in November races for the U.S. House, in a year in which all 16 incumbents are seeking re-election.

The election will determine the outcome of one statewide ballot issue. Voters will decide whether to allow the state to borrow $1.875 billion over 10 years through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

The money would be used by the Ohio Public Works Commission to give grants and loans to local governments for capital improvement projects. Those could include updates to roadways, wastewater treatment systems and sanitary collection.

NewsChannel5 and will be following the elections results throughout the night.

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