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Despite uncertainty over district maps, officials stress 'today is the day' to register to vote

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Voter advocacy groups and Secretary of State Frank LaRose have been on opposite sides in the battle over drawing new congressional and state legislative districts. But they are agreed that today is an important moment in the elections calendar, and there’s a simple way to make sure you don’t miss it. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

The League of Women Voters has challenged all the maps that LaRose and other Republicans on the Redistricting Commission have passed. But they produced this public service announcement on voteohio.gov and today’s registration deadline. LaRose is speaking out as well, adding there’s extended time to do it.

"If you don't want to do it online, I've asked all the boards of elections to stay open late tonight. And so you can visit the friendly people at your county board of elections until 09:00 p.m."

There will be a second primary for House and Senate candidates, since three sets of maps have been ruled unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court and the latest one is under review. Voter registration will open up again until 30 days before that primary, whenever it happens.