Are you election ready for 2016?

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) –  Ohio’s Primary Election is March 15 and early voting is underway.

“We expect it to be a big election season,” said Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“You have both parties who are going to be picking their nominee, rarely does that happen. Both democrats and republicans will have a reason to get out there and vote. Plus, we have primaries for the U.S. Senate and primaries in the 8th Congressional District. There are a lot of really big issues that are going to make people more interested in the elections than perhaps they normally would be.”

In 2012, Ohio held its primary on Super Tuesday. Not this year, and Husted believes it could impact the race to the White House since the Buckeye State doesn’t award delegates proportionally.

“Ohio could be the place where you actually nominate both the democrat and the republican nominee because we are going to be, at least on the republican side, a winner-take-all state,” said Husted.

As for the primary election, voting is underway. If you want to go to the Board of Elections you can vote early. You can also visit the website for the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and visit the voter informational page. There, you can find the form to get an absentee ballot. “There’s still time to request an absentee ballot and we’ll send that to your home,” said Husted. Or, he said vote on election day at one of 9,000 precinct locations across the state where you can vote from 6:30 am to 7:30 p.m.

“So, you have ample opportunity to vote,” he said. “There’s no excuse not to vote, but it does require some personal responsibility.”

‘My Ohio Vote’ is also the place to turn for any question you may have about the election process. Husted said you can also look over sample ballots there so you know what to expect on election day.

Husted said some of the biggest mistakes voters make include forgetting their identification, or forgetting to update their address. “But never fear,” he said. “There is a way around this. If you forget all of those things, you still can vote a provisional ballot at the polls on election day.”

When it comes to what voting may look like in the future, voting online or through an app is unlikely anytime soon. Husted said it’s not because the technology isn’t there, but rather the security concerns. “Elections are about trust,” he said. “We want to make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat.”

He encouraged everyone to practice the privilege of voting, and to never think your vote won’t matter. “We have a lot of close elections in Ohio,” he said. “In the last three years we’ve had 98 elections that were decided by one vote or tied,” he said. “One vote really can make a difference.”

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