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Don’t forget to vote Tuesday in second primary

This week’s election mid-summer election is odd, to say the least.

Typically, when an election falls in August, it’s a special election with a ballot issue for only a limited number of voters in a specific community or school district.

That’s not the case this week.

Tuesday’s second primary election instead will lay the ground work in many states legislative races all across Ohio as we head toward the November general election.

That’s why it’s so important that voters be educated and get out to vote. As we often have said in this space, choice is what makes America great.

We urge all registered voters who haven’t already cast an early ballot during the last month to ensure they make time to head to the polls Tuesday. As always, Ohio polling places will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Yes, we fully understand there is much voter confusion this year due to ongoing debate and litigation about new state legislative district lines. Yes, this primary election comes in addition to the May primary election where many voters already cast ballots.

But for now, put out of your mind all the races and issues on which you voted in May and turn your focus only to Tuesday’s election. Please don’t let your frustration with politics or future debate over legislative district lines negatively impact your civic duty. Our system of government in the United States is based on participation by the electorate. So, please participate.

And when you go, don’t forget to bring your identification, which can be a valid state ID like a driver’s license, a military ID, a copy of a current utility bill or bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document containing your accurate address. You can vote by provisional ballot if you do not have an identification document.

And please note, early voting at the local board of elections office ends 2 p.m. today. There will be no voting at the boards of elections offices on Tuesday. After early voting concludes today, all Election Day voting will be done at your regular polling place.

The winners of this week’s primaries will go on to face nominees from opposing parties or, possibly, independent candidates who have until today’s deadline to file to run in November.

In case you missed it, here is a brief recap of political candidate endorsements issued in recent weeks by this newspaper’s editorial board in some of Tuesday’s primary races:

• 65th District state representative, Republican primary: Randy Law of Warren Township;

• 64th District state representative, Democratic primary: Vincent Peterson II of Howland.

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