Upcoming: May 2, 2017 Primary Election

A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in select municipalities throughout Cuyahoga County.

Municipalities in the Election on May 2

These municipalities include Bedford, Bentleyville, Brecksville, Broadview Heights, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland (4A, 4R, 4S, 6T.02), Fairview Park, Maple Heights, Moreland Hills, North Royalton, Parma, Parma Heights, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Shaker Heights, Walton Hills, and Westlake (Ward 1 only).

The outcome of this election will affect several municipal issues, school district issues and three candidates (Westlake). Take a closer look at the full issues list and/or election profile for more information.

Voter Registration Deadline: April 3
Anyone living in these municipalities who plan to vote must be registered. To register or update your voter registration, visit myohiovote.com.

Early Voting: April 4 – May 1
Voters may vote early from April 4 through May 1 either in person at the Board of Elections or by mail. If voting by mail, ballot requests must be received by noon on April 29 at the Board of Elections. Click to request a vote-by-mail ballot.

The Board of Elections is located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Click to view in-house voting hours at the Board of Elections.

Election Day Voting: May 2
Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. Click here to find your polling location.

Questions? Call the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE.

Director Pat McDonald testifies in support of Senate Bill 44

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is encouraging state lawmakers to allow candidates to file campaign finance information electronically. Under current law people submitting campaign finance reports with county boards of elections must submit their records on paper.

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Pat McDonald is the administrator of the largest voting jurisdiction in Ohio and supports changing the law outlined in Senate Bill 44. McDonald offered testimony today during a hearing of the Ohio Senate Government Oversight and Reform committee on this matter.

Director Pat McDonald testifies in support of Senate Bill 44 at the Senate Government Oversight & Reform Committee meeting in Columbus

“The time has come to take advantage of modern technology and allow all candidates and elected officials to file their campaign finance reports electronically,” said McDonald. “If these reports were submitted with electronic website forms it would save filers the trouble of dropping off paperwork and cut down on the time it takes for our staff to handle paper records. This would also allow easy access to campaign finance records that are not always available on the web.”

Changing the law will create greater transparency by making it easier to identify how campaigns raise and spend money in all parts of the state. The filing system allows for anyone to quickly and easily search individual donors, donations, expenditures, or loans, simply by entering a last name or a portion of a campaign committee’s name.

The public already has the ability to review reports from state candidates through the Secretary of State’s website. However, only Ohio’s largest voting jurisdictions, including Cuyahoga County offer campaign records online. “So it just makes sense to have all records available using this method. I am calling on lawmakers to remove the paper-only requirement that still regulates municipal, county and local candidates and campaign committees that file with county boards of elections,” said McDonald.

State Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) re-introduced this legislation on February 10, 2017 which passed the Senate unanimously during the 131st General Assembly, but did not pass the House of Representatives. The bill was supported by the Ohio Association of Election Officials.

Author: Mike West, Media and Voter Education Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

E-poll books to be used for May’s Primary Election

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections voted today to purchase 1,450 electronic poll books (e-poll books) from Tenex Software Solutions of Tampa, Florida.

“After 18 months of rigorous research, testing, and several pilot projects I am confident we have made the right decision for the system that is most appropriate for Cuyahoga County voters,” said Pat McDonald the Director of the Board of Elections.

E-poll books will eventually replace the alphabetical paper poll books that are printed for each election. Voters will be able to use their Ohio driver’s licenses or identification cards to check in at polling locations or to be directed to their correct polling place.

“Voters will receive faster service while lowering the chances of human error. The new e-poll books will make other election administration functions, including updating voter records, faster and more efficient,” said McDonald.

Most of the $1.7 million cost of the machines will be paid for by a $12 million state program that encouraged voting jurisdictions to upgrade to e-poll books.

The board plans to phase in fully functioning e-poll books starting with the Primary Election on May 2, 2017.


Author: Mike West, Media and Voter Education Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

We’re Hiring!

We’re in need of an Assistant Manager in our Election Officials Department. This individual will help oversee the recruitment, training, and placement of Election Day poll workers. This is an essential role in the successful administration of elections. For job requirements and full description of duties, visit our employment portal. Be part of history, support democracy, have fun and get paid while doing it. Apply by February 10!

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2017 Elections Preview

As we kick off the new year, we can certainly expect a busy 2017. There will be at least three elections and a fourth issues-only election in August, if needed. If you would like to see the profile for similar elections held in the past, follow this link to view the post-election results and profiles.


The first election will be May 2nd. It will be a primary election featuring up to 13 suburbs where voters will cast ballots for municipal and judicial candidates. Of course, there could be issues and charter amendments as well. There is a chance that Cleveland might join the election if the city puts the controversial minimum wage increase question to voters. The issues filing deadline for the May election is February 1st.

Here are some statistics from the May 2013 election, which is the last time we held a similar election:

Total Registered Voters: 165,757
Election Day Ballots: 16,816
Absentee Ballots: 8,808
Total Ballots Cast: 25,624
Voter Turnout: 15%
Precincts: 181
Voting Locations: 70
Municipalities: 14

The August Election is for issues only, and will only be held if issues of charter amendments are filed. We will know on June 9th at the latest whether we will conduct this election.

The Primary Election for Cleveland Mayor and Council, as well as 13 other municipalities that will hold primaries for their elected officials, will take place on September 12th. Here is what we can expect based on the same election that was held in 2013:

Total Registered Voters: 183,322
Election Day Ballots: 12,299
Absentee Ballots: 5,541
Total Ballots Cast: 17,840
Voter Turnout: 10%
Precincts: 227
Voting Locations: 98
Municipalities: 6

If history repeats itself, the November 7th General Election should feature hundreds of candidates running for municipal, school, and judicial seats, and over one hundred issues. Here are some numbers from the November 2013 election:

Total Registered Voters: 887,147
Election Day Ballots: 171,872
Absentee Ballots: 90,392
Total Ballots Cast: 262,264
Voter Turnout: 30%
Precincts: 1,047
Voting Locations: 410
Municipalities: 59
Issues: 88

Author: Mike West, Media and Voter Education Specialist, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Happy New Year! Online Voter Registration Now Live in Ohio

As of January 1, 2017, Ohioans can now register to vote online. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted and team have been working to implement an online voter registration system since 2011.

“With the online registration system, voting will be more secure, easier and it will save a lot of money,” said Husted. “It is more secure because of the fact that we can do an instantaneous check on voters to make sure that they are eligible to vote in Ohio. It’s more convenient because voter registration will be right at your fingertips, as close as your computer or smartphone.”

Registering to vote online will require a driver’s license or a state-issued ID card and the voter’s name, date of birth and last four digits of their Social Security number. The information submitted will be checked against records with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Individuals who do not have the required information may still register to vote on paper.

Ohio joins 31 other states plus the District of Columbia in offering online voter registration.

Follow this link to register to vote online:


Election Day Eve: What You Need to Know

It’s hard to believe the 2016 General Election is just one day away! Follow our guide below to make sure you are ready to cast your ballot.

Your Personalized Voting Information
We make it easy for you to check your voter registration status, find your polling location, and view your sample ballot all at once. Visit our website: My Voting Info.

Early Voting Concludes Today
Why wait until tomorrow when you can vote today? Stop by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections until 2:00 p.m. to cast your ballot early in person.

Postmark Vote-by-Mail Ballots Today
If you are voting by mail and haven’t returned your ballot yet, you MUST postmark your ballot today. If you cannot postmark your ballot today, the only other option you have is to drop it off at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. You cannot drop it off at a polling location.

Know Where to Vote
You must vote at your assigned polling location. If you are not sure where to vote, you may look it up on our website: Where Do I Vote?

This is especially important for registered voters who may have moved without updating their registration. So long as you visit the correct polling location for your new residence, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Bring Proper ID
Voters must bring identification to the polls in order to verify their identity. This may include:
• A current and valid photo identification card (e.g., driver’s license or state ID)
• A military identification
• A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the voter’s name and current address.

Know what is on Your Ballot
Be prepared and view your ballot before voting. Download your sample ballot on our website: What’s on My Ballot?

Take Voter Survey
We want to hear from you after you vote! Let us know how your experience was so that we may provide the best voting experience possible. Click here to take survey.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call to speak with an election official at 216-443-VOTE.