The third Ohio governor’s debate is set for 7 p.m. Monday at Cleveland State University.
The debate marks the final time gubernatorial candidates Republican Mike DeWine and Democrat Richard Cordray will square off before the Nov. 6 election. DeWine is the current Ohio Attorney General while Cordray recently stepped down from his post as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The last debate will be hosted by the Ohio Debate Commission, a group of more than 40 civic and media organizations including Cox Media Group Ohio’s Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun, (Butler County) Journal News, WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio.
The debate will be streamed live on our newspaper’s website and on our Ohio Politics Facebook page.
The first Ohio gubernatorial debate took place in September at the University of Dayton and Cox Media Group Ohio was the event’s presenting media partner. Cordray and DeWine face of a second time Oct. 1 at Marietta College.
Also on the November ballot are Libertarian Travis Irvine and Green Party candidate Constance Gadell-Newton.
Recent polls show a deadheat. One survey of likely voters conducted by Ipsos has DeWine with a 1-point lead over Cordray while an NBC News/Marist poll found the race tied at 44-percent each.
Voter registration deadline in Tuesday
If you are not registered to vote in the November election, you only have two days to become eligible to cast a ballot.
The deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
To register to vote online or to update your information, go to www.sos.state.oh.us
You also may ask a county board of elections or the Secretary of State’s office to mail a voter registration form to you.
You may obtain a voter registration form, and register to vote in person at any of the following locations:
- The office of any of the 88 county boards of elections;
- The office of the registrar or any deputy registrar of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles;
- Public libraries;
- Public high schools or vocational schools;
- County treasurers’ offices; or
- Offices of designated agencies, including:
- The Department of Job and Family Services;
- The Department of Health (including the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program);
- The Department of Mental Health;
- The Department of Developmental Disabilities;
- Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities; or
- The office of any state-assisted college or university responsible for providing assistance to students with disabilities.
Next week will also kick off the mailing of absentee ballots out to voters who have requested one. The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is noon Nov. 3, according to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.
Early voting will start at local county boards of elections offices on Wednesday, Oct. 10.
On the November ballot are a wide range of state, local, and congressional races. At the top of the ballot are the races for Ohio governor and the U.S. Senate race. Also on the ballot is State Issue 1 and hundreds of school and local levies and other issues.
Look for our voters guide on our website on the first day of early voting, Oct. 10.
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