Deadline to register to vote in upcoming primary election is April 9 (Photo by Jay LaPrete/Getty Images)

Deadline to register to vote in upcoming primary election is April 9

If you plan to vote in the May 8 election, you have about a week to register if you haven’t already.

The deadline to register is Monday, April 9.

Voters on May 8 will decide on Republican and Democratic primaries for Ohio governor. Republicans will also vote on primaries for U.S. Senate and state treasurer.

Also on the ballot is state Issue 1 which would change the way Ohio draws congressional district lines.

Many communities will also have primaries for Congress, state House and Senate and some county offices.

In Dayton, there is a special election to fill the seat of Commissioner Joey Williams who is stepping down.

Voters will also decide several school levies and tax issues for roads, police, fire and other services.

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Register to Vote/Update Your Address

The deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration ahead of the May 8 Primary Election is April 9 (30 days before the election). Voters may go to to register online or update an existing registration. Voter registration forms can also be printed from or obtained from a local library or board of elections office.

The Secretary of State’s Office and all county boards of elections will be open until 9 p.m. on April 9 to receive paper registration filings. Voter registrations submitted online will be accepted until midnight.

Absentee Voting by Mail and In-Person

Absentee voting in Ohio begins on April 10. Voters have the option of casting an absentee ballot either in-person or by mail. For more information on absentee voting, visit

Voters guide online

You can learn more about the candidates and issues on the May 8 ballot in our interactive voters guide starting April 10 on our newspaper website. There you will be able to compare the candidates on the issues that matter to you.

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