Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

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In Ohio, any registered voter can vote absentee, either by mail or in person at their county board of elections beginning Oct. 6. Given concerns about coronavirus, more folks are expected to opt for the mail this year. More than 1 million voters have already submitted a vote-by-mail application, though the deadline to ask for the mail-in ballots isn’t until Oct. 31. 


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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose’s office is freezing a plan from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to collect absentee ballots at local libraries this fall.

The board’s move was meant to ease pressure on the U.S. Postal Service and at the county’s sole drop box at the board’s Cleveland headquarters. The plan came as boards across the state face a large, early surge in absentee ballot requests amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has already received a surge of absentee ballot applications for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters than usual move to make their decisions remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.

As of last week, the board had processed 40,000 ballot applications, Director Anthony Perlatti told ideastream Monday.

Cuyahoga County election officials are considering changes in preparation for the November general election, but much is unknown until the secretary of state issues instructions.

According to Tony Perlatti, director of the county’s board of elections, they are expecting at this point to hold in-person voting on Election Day in November with six-foot spacing between voting booths.

Six states will vote in the next primary March 10, followed by Ohio and the three states that hold primaries on March 17. It’s the first time Ohio has voted on St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s created a few problems. 

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Tony Perlatti says voters at two downtown Cleveland polling places were notified that they could encounter traffic from the St. Patrick's parade on election day. Then he asked polling places throughout the county if they had holiday events scheduled.

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A Cleveland bike share program is helping residents get to the polls for early voting.

UH Bikes is offering free rides to and from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The program offers 250 bikes at 29 stations, mostly in downtown Cleveland and University Circle.   

Marketing manager Kerry Bailey says the goal is to reduce transportation problems that may prevent the community from voting.

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The mayor of East Cleveland faces hefty fines from a state board that oversees campaign finance reporting. The fines were levied for incomplete, late and missing fundraising reports.

Last month the Ohio Elections Commission fined Gary Norton $114,100. In 2015, the commission fined the mayor $20,000. The commission turned the fines over to the state attorney general’s office for collection.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Wednesday voted to certify results of the Nov. 8th general election. 

The Secretary of State moved up the date for certification so the Board of Elections spent last weekend counting provisional ballots in order to meet Wednesday's 3 o’clock deadline, according to its Deputy Director Tony Perlatti.