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    Political Affiliation

    1. Do I have to declare a political party?

    You are not required to declare a party preference. However, you should know Ohio is a closed primary state. In a primary election, voters may only vote for candidates in their party. By not selecting a party, you limit your vote in the primaries to only issues. In the general election or special election, party affiliation is not an issue. You may vote for any candidate, regardless of party preference.

    2. When and how do I change my party preference?

    A party affiliation may be declared and changed only by casting a ballot in a particular party's Primary Election.