Don’t forget Ohio’s second primary is Tuesday for the Statehouse races

Ohio is holding another primary election on Tuesday and turnout is expected to be low.

That’s because the big ticket races for Governor, US Senate and Congress were decided in May.

But more than 100 races did not participate in this spring ballot. Redistricting delays pushed back primaries for the Ohio Senate, Ohio House and party central committee seats in August.

Here’s what you need to know if you plan to vote:

Who is on the ballot?

Tuesday’s primary will decide the Democratic and Republican primaries for who will represent you in the Ohio Senate and House, and who will sit on your party’s central committee.

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Your state legislators (33 in the Ohio Senate and 99 in the House) decide how much you pay in state taxes, public school funding, access to abortion, marijuana to medical purposes, Ohio minimum wage, business regulations and more.

And a low turnout could spur applicants who might otherwise have been unlucky.

State central committees direct your party’s platform development, fundraising, and other campaign activities. And these state committees come together to form national party platforms.

When can I vote on Tuesday?

Polling stations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

What if I still have my postal ballot?

Absentee ballots must be postmarked the day before Election Day to be counted in Ohio, which means it’s already too late to put yours in the mail.

However, you can return absentee ballots in person to county election boards before the polls close at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Do I need to bring ID?

Poll workers may ask you to verify your identity or address.

This can be done with a valid Ohio driver’s license or state-issued identification, according to the Secretary of State’s office. Passports, social security cards, insurance cards and licenses from other states are not acceptable. Birth certificates, however, may be acceptable if the person still resides at that home address.

Military IDs are also acceptable identification, and people who have changed their name must bring legal proof (such as a marriage license).

Voters can also bring physical copies of their utility bills, bank statements, payslips or tax bills to show proof of address as long as they are within the last 12 months.

And if all else fails, you can vote tentatively using the last four digits of your Social Security number.

What if I forgot to register?

Unfortunately, the deadline to register to vote in the August primary was July 5. But you still have time to register for the November general election.

Residents of Ohio can register online with their driver’s license or ID number, address, and social security number. Or they can go to their local election committee and register in person.

Can I choose another party’s ballot?

Yes. Ohio registers voters as Republicans or Democrats when they vote in a partisan primary, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick with that post-election ballot.

For example, if you voted Democrat in the May primary, you can request a Republican ballot on Tuesday.

Anna Staver is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Columbus Dispatch, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Akron Beacon Journal and 18 other affiliated news outlets in Ohio.

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