Upcoming: September 12, 2017 Primary Election

Voters in six cities will go to the polls for the September 12, 2017 Primary Election. Be aware that the voter registration deadline is August 14th. If you haven’t heard, Ohioans may now register to vote online and/or update their name and address if they moved since having last voted. Visit myohiovote.com to register to vote.

For detailed information concerning the election, as well as important dates and deadlines for voters, visit the Board’s website at www.443vote.com.

Here are the municipalities in the Election:

  • Bay Village: City Council for Wards 2, 3 and 4 only
  • Cleveland: Mayor and Council Wards 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, and 17; In Ward 7, Precinct L there is a local liquor option on the ballot.
  • East Cleveland: Mayor
  • Maple Heights: President of City Council
  • North Olmsted: City Council Ward 2 only
  • Solon: Mayor

Early Voting
If your city is included in the election, you don’t have to wait until September 12th to vote. Early voting at the Board of Elections begins on August 15th and will occur during the following times.

Weekdays, August 15, 2017 – September 1, 2017      8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekdays, September 4, 2017 – September 8, 2017      8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 9, 2017      8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 10, 2017      1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, September 11, 2017      8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Board of Elections is located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Map).

Voting by Mail
As always, voting by mail is another option for busy people. You may go to our website to print a ballot application our use our website tool to request an application and one will be mailed to you by the Board. The Board will also mail you an application if you call us and make that request. The phone number is 216-443-VOTE (8683).

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

Now Hiring: Training Assistants

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking five to ten training assistants to prepare for upcoming elections. These are temporary positions. To be considered or to learn more, please call 216-443-6600.

Job Title: Training Assistant
Department: Election Officials
Reports To: Election Officials Manager
Effective Dates: June 27 to November 7, 2017
Hourly Rate: $13.00
Hours: Various, up to 40 per week

Under the direct supervision of the Manager of the Election Officials Department, the Training Assistant is responsible for assisting the Training Instructor with administering election procedures to Election Day Election Officials. It is the responsibility of the Training Assistant to ensure enough class materials are present each class and the training room is arranged according to the set-up diagram provided (should be able to use own discretion to adjust room set-up if necessary). Training Assistants must have the ability to interact with individuals of various learning styles and be able to assist Election Officials during classes.

The Training Assistant conducts business in accordance with the Federal Election Guidelines, the Ohio Revised Code, Policies and Procedures of the State of Ohio, HAVA, NVRA and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The Training Assistant ensures specified training materials and supplies are available for each class session and must travel to the Board of Elections at least once a week to replenish supplies. They assist with administering and grading assessments at the conclusion of each training session. The Training Assistant provides phone support to Election Officials on Election Day. They will be required to attend mandatory Training Assistant training sessions to learn the operations and procedures of the Election Officials Department. The Training Assistant is required to perform all other duties assigned or delegated by the Manager of the Election Officials Department and must adhere to established laws, policies, rules and regulations set forth by the Secretary of State and the Board of Elections.

Personal Characteristics:
• Ability to work Election Eve and Election Day
• Ability to perform in a professional manner under stress when confronted with tight deadlines
• Willing to work extended hours
• Applies excellent interpersonal skills, including effective oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrates flexibility, adaptability, dependability, problem-solving skills, business acumen and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
• Demonstrates excellent organizational and strategic planning skills
• Demonstrates a professional attitude and appearance

Minimum Education, Training and Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent and a minimum of one (1) to six (6) months of related experience serving in an administrative support position; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. Must demonstrate command of Microsoft Office, specifically Word and Excel. Must have effective verbal and written communication skills, good reading comprehension and math skills. Must be able to lift thirty-five (35) pounds, stand for extended periods of time and be willing to take driving assignments throughout Cuyahoga County; must possess working knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google applications, and possess the ability to learn new applications and technologies. Valid Driver’s License and automobile insurance required.

How To Apply: Call 216-443-6600.

Save the Date! National Voter Registration Day is September 26th

Since 2012, our country has recognized the fourth Tuesday of September as National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). Save the date this year for September 26th!

One of the greatest aspects of NVRD is not only how volunteers and organizations come together to raise awareness about voting in local communities, but how these efforts are multiplied across the entire nation to reach tens of thousands of voters who otherwise may not register to vote.

The Board of Elections hosted a voter registration drive at the Hispanic Alliance on NVRD last year.

Each year, the Board of Elections partners with Cleveland Votes and many other organizations to conduct a series of voter registration events. As we prepare for NVRD this year, we invite you to join the movement and host an event or drive of your own!

Collaboration Meeting Schedule
Come to one of our upcoming collaboration meetings to learn more and get started! Both meetings will be held at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

Wednesday, July 26 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.    Click here to register.
Thursday, August 24 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.   Registration available soon.

Participation at both collaboration meetings is highly recommended, as we will cover different topics during each meeting.

Ways to Get Involved
There are countless ways to build momentum around voter registration in your community, but here are a few ideas:
• Virtual voter registration drive
• Voter registration at work
• Host a community event

How We Support You
Organizing an event can be intimidating, but we are here to support you! Together with Cleveland Votes, we will guide you every step of the way to ensure you have the resources and training needed to conduct a successful campaign. This includes:
• Marketing assistance
• Community meetings
• Swag bag filled with resources and materials

Again, to get involved, attend one of our upcoming collaboration meetings. For more information, contact Cathy Goskey at 216-443-6413 or cgoskey@cuyahogacounty.us.

Get excited for another great National Voter Registration Day!

Last year, the Board of Elections hosted voter registration drive thrus on NVRD.


Bright future for e-poll books after successful launch

The e-poll books were the star of the show during the May Primary Election. We are happy to report the transition from paper poll books to e-poll books was seamless.

Voter records are quickly found by scanning a driver’s license. This simulation was done during a demonstration.

“The e-poll books performed so well that I am very confident in the devices as we plan for their use in the larger September Primary and November General Election,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Excellent Feedback from Voters and Election Officials
Our research shows that the poll workers were comfortable with the new system and they received very positive comments from voters. A survey of election officials was conducted as part of our election administration. According to the results, 95% said e-poll books were easy to use and 98% said they are an improvement over paper poll books.

The voters had good things to report as well, with 92% saying they had a positive or very positive experience when using them to check in.

Voters will now sign electronically rather than on paper.

Additional Benefits
E-poll books provided the advantage of having access to real-time information concerning set-up and voting during the election. Back at the Board of Elections, our computers were able to communicate with all of the e-poll books. Staff was able to confirm that all of the machines were powered up and ready for voters by 6:30 a.m. If there was a problem, calls to the locations could be made or rovers could be quickly dispatched to the locations that needed help.

The need to call polling locations to try to get an idea of voter turnout during the election has also been eliminated. We were able to see exactly how many people had cast ballots at any time. For the first time we were able to have exact turnout reports instead of relying on estimates.

Post-election duties are now more efficient. The new poll books save time when performing voter history. Instead of weeks of scanning the paper poll books, the units can provide that information electronically.

We salute everyone on staff who had a role in this transition that has taken two years to complete. A big thanks to Shantiel Soeder and Jason Culik on staff who worked under tight deadlines to make sure the machines and the election officials were ready to go on the big day.

Still haven’t seen the new technology?
We will be demonstrating the new technology throughout the summer months at various libraries throughout the City of Cleveland. View the schedule below. Additional dates and times may be added.

Date Time Location
Thursday, June 29, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Fleet Branch
7224 Broadway Avenue
Cleveland, 44105
Thursday, July 06, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Glenville Branch
11900 St. Clair Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44108
Tuesday, July 11  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Addison Branch
6901 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44103
Thursday, July 13, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. East 131st Street Branch
3830 East 131st Street
Cleveland, OH 44120
Tuesday, July 18, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastmon Branch
11602 Lorain Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44111
Thursday, July 20, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Garden Valley Branch
7201 Kinsman Road, Suite #101
Cleveland, OH 44104
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. Fulton Branch
3545 Fulton Road
Cleveland, OH 44109
Tuesday, July 25, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. South Brooklyn Branch
4303 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109
Thursday, July 27, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Harvard Lee Branch
16918 Harvard Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44128
Tuesday, August 01, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Langston Hughes Branch
10200 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106
Tuesday, August 01, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Carnegie West Branch
1900 Fulton Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Tuesday, August 08, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Memorial-Nottingham Branch
17109 Lake Shore Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44110
Tuesday, August 08, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. South Branch
2704 Clark Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44109
Thursday, August 10, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Branch
14000 Kinsman Road
Cleveland, OH 44120
Tuesday, August 15, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Rockport Branch
4421 West 140th Street
Cleveland, OH 44135

Voting Just Became Easier with E-Poll Books

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.

Early Voting Schedule for May 2 Election

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.

Voting by mail is also a convenient alternative to voting in person. To request your ballot, complete and return your vote-by-mail application by noon on April 29. Click here to download your application.