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.


Local libraries to host e-poll book demonstrations

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.

Library Address Event Date Event Time
Southeast 70 Columbus Road
Bedford, Ohio 44146
April 27 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Brecksville 9089 Brecksville Road
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
April 24 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Brooklyn 4480 Ridge Road
Brooklyn, Ohio 44144
April 27 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Chagrin Falls 100 East Orange Street
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022
April 21 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Fairview Park 21255 Lorain Road
Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
April 20 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Independence 6361 Selig Drive
Independence, Ohio 44131
April 25 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Maple Heights 5225 Library Lane
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137
April 26 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
North Royalton 5071 Wallings Road
North Royalton, Ohio 44133
April 26 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Parma 6996 Powers Boulevard
Parma, Ohio 44129
April 19 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Parma Heights 6206 Pearl Road
Parma Heights, Ohio 44130
April 17 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Parma Snow 2121 Snow Road
Parma, Ohio 44134
April 18 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Rocky River Library 1600 Hampton Road
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
April 19 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Shaker Heights Library 16500 Van Aken Blvd
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
April 25 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Westlake Library 27333 Center Ridge Road
Westlake, OH 44145
April 19 3:00 – 5:30 p.m

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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

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