Ohio’s March 15 primary may still be a month off but the first votes in that election will actually be cast on Wednesday. That’s when in-person early voting begins at boards of election around the state.

In 2012, roughly 40 percent of voters in that presidential primary voted early.

Many Cuyahoga County voters face a decision beyond who to vote for though–they have to decide if they want to give up their non-partisan voting status to vote as either a Republican or Democrat.

While New Hampshire last week and South Carolina this week are open primary states, meaning independent voters can vote in either primary, in Ohio voters must declare.

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