On Tuesday dozens of local races, school issues and tax levies
will be decided in Ohio, but voter turnout is expected to be the lowest it's
been in four years.
FOX19's Gordon Graham talked to some political experts about why
this primary election matters.
This primary race does matter for Democratic and Republican
candidates, but the party heads in Hamilton County tell FOX19 that few people
are paying attention.
Hamilton County Democratic party Chairman, Tim Burke, says getting
voters to care is a tough sell.
"Boy, it's difficult obviously. It's
particularly difficult for the candidates who are out working very hard,
knocking on doors, spending money, sending mailers out trying to get people's
attention, but it's difficult in a primary," Burke explained.
Hamilton County GOP Chairman, Alex Triantafilou, says there are
good reasons people should care about primary elections.
"There's some critical
decisions to be made, again State Issue One is one important decision," he said. State Issue One would fund local infrastructure capital
improvements like roads and bridges through a state bond issue without raising
"In these primary contests if you're affiliated
with either political party you get to decide what candidates represent your
party in the general election,"Triantafilou said.
Burke says recent changes in Ohio election law is hurting turnout
"We were prohibited from sending out early voting applications to all
the voters in Hamilton County. We'd done that four years ago and as a result,
at this point prior to the primary four years ago we were at 45-thousand
voters, this year I don't think we're at ten thousand," said Burke.
"I think it's important that we
all exercise our right to vote," said Tri-State resident Helen Lester-Smith.
I haven't planned yet because I didn't
know anything much about it so I'll find out what's going on and then we'll
see," said However Sana Reyes.
Donald Burt of Madisonville says it's
important to be involved in the electoral process.
"Yeah because I believe in
voting on the issues because possibly there could be changes. I believe my vote
counts just like everybody else," Burt said.
County elections officials say everyone's vote does matter to
ensure that the strongest candidates from both parties are the ones who
confront each other in the November election.