Early voters will have a new experience when they cast ballots at the Board of Elections. Changes have been made to make early voting more like going to the polls on Election Day. The changes are the result of the passage of House Bill 41.
Here is how the new method works:
People will present their identification and sign a poll book.
A ballot is issued and people proceed to vote.
Voters scan their voted ballots to complete the process.
Advantages of the new process:
Voters will no longer be required to complete a ballot application or ID envelope.
The scanners will alert people if there are any questions of voter intent or possible errors that voters may want to correct.
No ID? No problem.
Voters are not required to present ID if they know the last four digits of their social security number, or driver’s license or state-issued ID number. These voters, however, will be required to complete a ballot application at the time of voting, similar to the old process.
Acceptable forms of ID for early voters:
Ohio driver’s license (unexpired)
Ohio ID card (unexpired)
Current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with the voter’s name and current address
The voter registration deadline for the May 7, 2019 Primary Election is coming up on April 8. Voters who have recently moved or changed their name are encouraged to update their registration prior to the deadline.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has appointed Anthony Perlatti to the position of Director.
Tony has been the Deputy Director of the Board of Elections since February 2013 and has served as Interim Director since February 23, 2019. With 23 years of public service, 12 of which have been with the Board of Elections, Tony brings to the position of Director extensive experience in planning, leadership and high quality service to the Board and to the public. Tony is widely regarded as an innovative thinker and a solution-oriented leader. Tony is ready to continue his leadership of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in the position of Director, and will integrate existing agency strengths into a concerted, positive effort for many more successful elections in Cuyahoga County.
The Board of Elections also promoted Shantiel Soeder to fill the position of Deputy Director.
Shantiel has served the Board of Elections as the Election and Compliance Administrator since August 2015. Prior to that, Shantiel was manager of the Ballot Department from February 2010 to August 2015. Additionally, Shantiel has been in a leadership position in the Election Officials department as Assistant Manager and then Manager from September 2006 to August 2015. In each of her positions, Shantiel has brought new and innovative processes to fruition for the betterment of the Board of Elections. Shantiel is known as the “go-to” person for technological process and procedures. Shantiel is looking forward to turning her creative ideas into realities to deliver the best elections experience for the voters of Cuyahoga County.
Jeff Hastings has been appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board.