With the 2020 presidential primary rapidly approaching, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said Ohio is the “best prepared” state in the nation.

Voters need to register by today to cast ballot in March 17 primary

Voters who want to vote in the March 17 primary election need to have registered by today at their local board of elections or online.

Depending on where voters live, ballots will begin with races for national office, including the Democratic presidential primary, and include state and countywide races, as well as a range of school levies, other tax and liquor-option issues and charter amendments.

Democratic ballots will begin with the presidential primary to include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and senators Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

In the only statewide races, voters will decide, in the March 17 election, two seats on the Ohio Supreme Court: Republican justices Sharon Kennedy and Judith French are facing Democratic challengers John O’Donnell and Jennifer Brunner, respectively.

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The race for the 6th District Ohio Senate seat vacated by Peggy Lehner because of term limits is contested in the primary on both the Republican and Democratic sides.

State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, is in a race with Gregory Robinson of Dayton and Rachel Shelby of Centerville. Mark Fogel, of Centerville, is running against Albert Griggs Jr. of Huber Heights to run in November for Lehner’s former seat.

In Congressional District 10, Congressman Mike Turner’s re-election is being challenged in the Republican primary by John Anderson of Enon and Kathi Flanders of Centervile.

West Chester Twp. Trustee Lee Wong and Ohio Reps. Candice Keller, R-Middletown, and George Lang, R-West Chester Twp., will vie for the Republican nomination for the District 4 state senate seat. The incumbent, Ohio Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Twp., cannot seek re-election due to term limits.

Four Republicans — Mary Lynne Birck, Matthew Byrne, Bill Coley and Noah Powers II — are racing to replace Judge Robert Ringland on the 12th District Court of Appeals.

And there are contested primary races for county commission seats in Montgomery, Greene and Miami counties.

Voters in Oakwood will find a 1.5-mill levy for operations of the Wright Memorial Public Library.

RELATED: Nearly 2 dozen school, public safety tax levies on March 17 ballot

Tax increases are sought in the Bellbrook, Mason, Troy and Valley View school districts and public safety agencies in Fairborn, West Carrollton, Jackson Twp. and Newton/Pleasant Hill.

Greene County voters will be casting ballots on a proposed 12-year, 0.25-percent sales tax increase to fund construction of a $70 million jail.

In Washington Twp. in Montgomery County, voters in the unincorporated part of the township, will see a five-year, 2.3-mill replacement levy for police services.

Voters in Harveysburg in Warren County will find a five-year, 2.5-mill additional levy to pay for street repairs.

Voters in the Beavercreek, Cedar Cliff and Little Miami school districts will vote on substitute levies, which keep existing homeowners tax rates the same, but allow for revenue growth when new construction occurs.

Renewal levies, extending existing tax rates into future years, will be on ballots in the Vandalia-Butler and Lebanon school districts, Village of Jamestown, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Park District and in Harrison and Miami townships.

The Kings school district in Warren County is seeking an $89,975,000 bond issue averaging 4.7 mills for 37 years.

MORE: Voter registration, early voting changes may be on Ohio ballot in November

Early voting begins Wednesday and continues until Election Day.

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