The 2020 Ohio Presidential Primary Has Been Scheduled for ... St. Patrick's Day


  • Photo by Emanuel Wallace

Rowdy masses at the polls decked out in green! Vomit on the ballots! Bagpipes everywhere! Security concerns at downtown locations! Street closures! A paucity of volunteers! Extremely low voter turnout!

All are possible eventualities if the 2020 presidential primary election is held — as it's currently scheduled to be held — on St. Patrick's Day: March 17, 2020.

Certain local white Dems are beside themselves. Don't these downstate Republicans know that the Cleveland's St. Paddy's Day celebration is among the most well-attended in the country?

Republicans, who set the date, are shrugging their shoulders and encouraging those who plan to partake in holiday festivities to avail themselves of Ohio's early voting laws — "some of the best in the country."

The date, which was incorporated into an omnibus amendment to the state budget, flew under the radar, according to And convincing Republicans to change it now will be "tough."

But representatives on Cleveland's Irish West Side can be counted upon to make hay in order to rile up their constituencies.

It shouldn't be treated as some great scandal. The biggest hindrance will be for those who live downtown and utilize polling locations on or near the parade route. (That really could be a logistical headache. Locations like the Old Stone Church on Public Square could be closed and folks will have to make alternative arrangements.)

But for others, the timing might even be preferable. Many of the folks who attend the parade already take the day off work and should have extra time in the morning. If voting really will be harder than it would be on a normal workday, Ohio has no-excuse early voting, so folks can show up at the Board of Elections early to cast their vote.

And while we're on the subject of the primaries, you can watch all the Democratic presidential candidates in action during the first debates tonight and tomorrow on NBC and MSNBC.

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