Beginning with the May 2 election, voters will now be checked into their polling location with e-poll books. While this will not change how voters cast their vote (paper ballots will still be used), e-poll books will speed up the check in process and provide other great benefits to both voters and election officials.
Voters who would like to preview the technology before Election Day are invited to attend demonstrations being held at local libraries throughout this week. Click here to view schedule.
The May 2 election is just under a month away, but you don’t have to wait until Election Day to cast your vote! Voters can vote early at the Board of Elections now through May 1. Click here for full details.
Don’t forget! Today is the last day you can register to vote or update your registration for the May 2 Primary Election. Register online at www.myohiovote.com or stop by the Board of Elections today to complete your paper registration. We are located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has partnered with Cuyahoga County Public Libraries and other local libraries to give voters a sneak peek at e-poll books before their debut during the May 2 Primary Election.
On Election Day, voters will now check into their polling location by signing an electronic touch pad rather than a paper poll book. The check-in process will be much quicker since a voter’s information can be found instantly by scanning their driver’s license or using an easy search tool. Additionally, voters can visit any line rather than waiting to be checked into their specific precinct.
Any voter who wishes to see the new technology before Election Day is invited to visit their local library during the following dates and times when staff from the Board of Elections will have the e-poll books on display.
A Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in select municipalities throughout Cuyahoga County.
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 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.
“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.
Every month, hundreds of immigrants are sworn in as United States citizens in the City of Cleveland. These joyous and momentous ceremonies occur at the conclusion of the process of applying for U.S. citizenship known as naturalization.
After naturalization, foreign-born citizens enjoy the benefits, rights and responsibilities of American-born citizens as outlined in the Constitution. One of the greatest rights we have as American citizens is our right to vote. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections proudly attends each naturalization ceremony to help our newest citizens register to vote to ensure that they, too, can have a voice in America’s democracy.
Witnessing the excitement, joy and pride in the faces of our newest citizens and their families is a special experience. It is also extraordinary to hear how many different countries are represented at each ceremony and to know that those cultures help shape our great nation. Many of our new citizens are eager to register to vote and do so with pride.
New citizens are also welcomed by volunteers and staff from Global Cleveland, an organization committed to helping newcomers from around the world find success in Greater Cleveland. Volunteers are often needed to help out during the naturalization ceremonies which occur on the first and third Fridays of each month at the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House. Visit the volunteering page on their website to get involved.
Some new citizens have also opted to take advantage of Ohio’s new online voter registration system. As of January 1, 2017, any eligible voter may register or update their registration online so long as they are in the Bureau of Motor Vehicles database.
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
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