Election Day is coming our way fast. Make your voice heard! To help you do that, and to make the voting experience easier for you, we’ve assembled a list of suggestions that we hope you’ll find useful on March 17.
Check for Polling Location Changes.
Although the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade has been canceled, you still need to be aware that your polling location may have been changed, particularly in light of the impact of the incidents of coronavirus.
According to a directive issued March 9, 2020, due to current public health advisories, the state has required Boards of Election to move any polling locations that are in residential senior facilities. A list of impacted Cuyahoga County polling locations is available here. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will notify voters who are impacted by these moves through press releases and signs posted at the original polling location. In addition, voters can use this interactive map to type in their location to verify their polling location.
It’s Not Too Late to Vote Early.
Ballots can still be cast in-person through March 15. The Board of Elections has extended hours, including Sunday.
To be counted, absentee ballots must be delivered to the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day. The Board of Elections has a secure ballot bin in its parking lot, available 24/7. On Election Day, staff will be present in the parking lot to receive ballots so that you won’t need to exit your vehicle.
If you can’t hand-deliver, double-check that you have the correct postage — many ballots need extra. Take your ballot directly to a post office no later than the day before Election Day (in this case, Monday, March 16) and request a postmark.
Remember to bring identification.
When voting in-person (at a polling location or at the Board of Elections), bring proof of your identity. According to the Secretary of State website, these are the types of ID that are accepted:
- An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with the present or former address so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
- A military identification;
- An unexpired photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address; or
- An original or copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government documents with the voter’s name and present address.
Know Your Rights.
The ACLU lists these important rights of all voters:
- If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
- If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
- If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
- If you run into problems or have questions on Election Day, call the Election Protection Hotline:
- English: 1-866-OUR-VOTE / 1-866-687-8683
- Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682
- Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287
- Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, or Vietnamese: 1-888-274-8683
Many polling locations in Cuyahoga County will have Election Protection volunteers outside who are trained to assist voters with questions and problems. If you have difficulties casting your ballot, look for those volunteers outside your polling location, or call 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683).
Within the state of Ohio, you can easily check your registration, voting location, and other information at www.voteohio.gov.