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2018 was a big election year in Ohio. Republicans held onto all five statewide executive offices including governor and super majorities in both the Ohio House and Senate. But there were a few bright spots for Democrats, among them the reelection of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and the election of two Democrats to the Ohio Supreme Court.With election 2018 over, the focus now shifts to governing. Stay connected with the latest on politics, policies and people making the decisions at all levels affecting your lives.

Tuesday is Primary Day in Ohio

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DAN KONIK
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Thousands of Ohioans are expected to go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the primary for governor, U.S. Senator, Congress and state lawmakers as well as a plan to change the redistricting process – and there are nearly 500 local levies and other issues on the ballot.

More than 128,000 Ohioans have already voted early. If you didn't, you’ll have to take care of business at your local precinct. You can find that location on the secretary of state’s website or by calling your local board of elections.

You must bring ID - a valid driver’s license, state ID card, or utility bill, bank statement or government check. But it must be in your name and it must show your address. Student ID’s are not accepted. If you don’t have ID or it doesn’t match, you can still vote with a provisional ballot, which will be counted if a valid ID is shown at the board of elections within seven days.

Polls are open until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Historically, turnout in primary elections has been less than 30 percent.