If you plan to vote in Ohio's primary election March 6, you will have to be registered. If you are not registered already, you have until Monday to go to your county board of elections and sign up.
Turnout for elections in Ohio has been dismal for many years. Some people say they simply don't understand why voting is important, particularly in primary elections.
This one is important. For one thing, Democrat and Republican candidates for the November election ballot will be chosen March 6. Candidates for many local offices will be on the ballot.
And, as staunch Republicans are aware, their nominee for president has yet to be selected. Ohio GOP voters may well play a major role in deciding the nominee.
But there are other reasons to go to the polls March 6 - more than a dozen of them in East Ohio. They are tax levy proposals affecting property owners in Belmont, Jefferson, Monroe and Harrison counties. Whether those taxes are implemented or not will be decided in the primary election.
Ohio residents 18 years of age and older can vote for candidates and tax issues on the March 6 ballot. Those who are 17 now but will be 18 by the November election can cast primary ballots, but only for candidates, not tax issues.
If you are eligible and not yet registered, we urge you to do so by Monday.