Voters in midterms tend to be older — an average of 56.5 in 2014 — compared with the average voter age of 51 in the 2016 presidential election, Dawson’s analysis shows.
Polls and political analysts show the Ohio governor’s race is a toss up between Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray. The website FiveThirtyEight.com ranks the DeWine-Cordray race as one of the three closest gubernatorial contests this fall.
DeWine has a 56.1 percent chance of winning while Cordray has a 43.9 percent chance, the website says, with the expected margin of victory likely to be one percentage point.
Turnout could make or break contests like the DeWine-Cordray race. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted notes that every vote matters: since 2013, 199 elections in Ohio have been decided by one vote or have been tied.
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Voters will also decide State Issue 1, a constitutional amendment that would reclassify low-level felony drug use and drug possession charges as misdemeanors with no jail time for the first two offenses.
Also on the ballot: Democrat incumbent U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is facing a challenge from U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth; two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court are up for grabs; legislative seats in the Ohio House and Senate and U.S. House are in play; and executive offices — attorney general, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer — will be decided.
Campaign finance reports are due Thursday, which will give an indication of who is winning the races for campaign cash.
HOW TO VOTE:
Check MyOhioVote.com to find your polling place and see a sample ballot.
Request an absentee ballot no later than noon Nov. 3 and make sure the ballot is postmarked by Nov. 5 or dropped off at the Board of Elections office by 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6.
Early in-person vote at your local county Board of Elections, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday this week; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday the week of Oct. 29; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 5.
Vote on Tuesday Nov. 6 at your local polling place between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Source: Ohio Secretary of State
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