April 9 – 25 (M-F, 8AM – 5PM)
April 29 – May 3 (M-F, 8AM – 7PM)
May 6 (Mon., 8AM – 2PM)
May 4 (Sat., 8AM – 4PM)
May 5 (Sun., 1PM – 5PM)
The early voting process has changed slightly to create an experience similar to Election Day. Learn more about the early voting process here. Voters are reminded to bring proper ID with them. If they do not have ID, they may provide the last four digits of their social security number to receive their ballot.
Voting by Mail
Voters who prefer to vote by mail must request their ballot no later than noon on Saturday, May 4. However, it is always better to place the request sooner rather than later. Voting by mail is safe, secure and convenient, and it is open to all voters.
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.
“I want to encourage people to watch the videos and to share their thoughts or ask questions,” said Pat McDonald the Director of the Board of Elections. “This is a very big decision that will impact voters and the Board for many years to come.”
All of the scanners and tabulation devices that are under consideration will utilize paper ballots so there will be no major changes for voters. People will continue feeding ballots into a scanner that also doubles as a ballot box. “Regardless of which vendor is selected, the machines will provide the same services voters have come to expect when they cast ballots,” said McDonald.
The demonstration videos also feature machines that allow people with disabilities to cast ballots on ADA approved devices.
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has initiated the process of selecting a new building for early voting.
At today’s Board meeting, Director Pat McDonald was asked by the Board to launch a search for an early voting center that is better suited to accommodate large numbers of voters. Currently people cast early ballots at the Board headquarters located at 2925 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
The Board hopes to identify the new facility as soon as possible in order to move early voting prior to the 2020 Presidential Election year. “Well over 50,000 people are expected to vote early in the 29 days that lead up to the March Primary and the Presidential General Elections,” said Pat McDonald, the Director of the Board of Elections. “Early voting has created traffic congestion, parking shortages and lines that can form out the doors and down the street. A new location will hopefully overcome these challenges and improve our service,” said McDonald.
The Board is seeking a location that would be large enough to serve thousands of voters per day, provide ample parking, and is located close to public transportation.
McDonald is encouraging commercial real estate agents, private land owners and the general public to contact the Board if they have a location in mind that may be able to serve its needs. “Other counties have been very creative and successful in finding new early voting sites that include former department stores, shopping malls and shuttered corporate buildings. All ideas are welcome,” said McDonald.
As part of the selection process, the Board also encourages election administration stakeholders and community leaders to share their thoughts on proposed early voting centers.
On the evening of December 6 it was snowing intensely at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, located in Cleveland, Ohio. Regardless of the inclement weather, Secretary of State-elect, Frank LaRose, attended his appointment with officials of the Board of Elections.
They were waiting for him anxiously to be able to share their ideas to make upcoming electoral processes accessible and much more successful than it in the November elections of this year. This was the first of many visits Senator LaRose will be a making around the State’s 88 jurisdictions as he prepares to take office. As Secretary of State, his powers will include control over many aspects of election administration.
The November 6, 2018 General Election culminated with a historic 52.9% voter turnout. The veteran Senator offered his congratulations to the election officials for the fluidity with which the electoral processes ran, from the absentee voting to Election Day. He spoke extensively with each of the department managers about initiatives that would substantially improve access to vote prior to Election Day.
Some of the proposals positively affect Spanish-speaking voters. It was suggested that there should be more clarity in the forms that are used to register voters. He was asked to create state issued bilingual voter educational materials. Right now only the Cuyahoga County and the Lorain County Boards of Elections provides all voting materials in Spanish and English. The incoming Secretary of State agreed with the officials on the viability of these measures. If implemented, there is hope that a deeper understanding of the voting process will encourage the Latino community to participate in the democratic process.
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Today is Election Day! Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Voters will have many important decisions to make from state and federal offices to state and local issues in this midterm General Election.
Reminders for Voters
Voters are reminded to bring proper ID with them to the polls today. This includes:
Unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state ID
Current (within the past 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check, or other government document with your name and current address
Any voter that does not know where to vote can look up their polling location on our website. They may also download a sample ballot to review prior to voting. Click here for “My Voting Info”
People who vote by mail must be aware that the deadline to mail their ballot has passed. Voted ballots may only be returned to the Board of Elections office and must be received by 7:30 p.m. tonight. Voters may utilize a special ballot box located in the Board of Elections parking lot at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland (Map). Ballots cannot be dropped off at a voting location on Election Day, however, if a voter cannot return their ballot the Board of Elections they may vote a provisional ballot at their polling place.
Each year, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections hires about 4,500 election officials to work the polls for the General Election. Having enough people staff each polling location is critical to the overall success of the election, which is why we don’t take any chances. We are now hiring stand-by poll workers to step up in the event someone cannot fulfill their Election Day assignment.
Stand-by poll workers will receive a minimum stipend of $100 for being on call Monday and reporting on Tuesday. See below for additional requirements, and click here to apply.