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Primary Election I

Tuesday's Primary in Ohio will have local elections officials on their toes, and it's not just because of the presidential races.

In addition to the presidential candidates, there will be contested races locally for County Commission, Sheriff, Prosecutor and Clerk of Courts.

In the commission races, both the democratic and republican parties have write-in candidates, meaning their names won't appear on the ballot.

"Any time there's a write-in on the ballot, the machine stops," Kirkbride explains. "The ballot has to be pulled out, so it can be hand-counted, then the machine has to be re-started, so that will slow things down a bit."

The polls for Tuesday’s primary in Washington County and Ohio will be open at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, and will close Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Voters who do not declare party affiliation will be able to vote only on ballot issues.

"They can change parties if they want to," says Kirkbride. "If they don't want to vote for either party, they can vote for the issues."


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