The government is not far away or untouchable, it is your tool to shape the world around you. The power we have as voters can be forgotten in our busy everyday lives, but you have enormous power. If there are challenges you face or just changes you want to see, you have the power to impact on those issues.
You can find out all the people running for office and the issues you will be voting on with the Ballot Lookup Tool from Ballotpedia. Just type in your address and it will show you all the things that will be on your ballot
To just mention a few of the things you might be voting for on November 2nd. There will be a new mayor of Cleveland for the first time in 16 years. If you live in the city make sure you your voice heard! There will also be votes for city council, which plays an important role in the city.
For people in the 11th congressional district, which includes much of Cleveland and eastern suburbs, there is a race to fill Marcia Fudge’s seat.
How to Vote:
You have three options to vote.
1. Voting in person on November 2nd. You can find your polling location using the Ohio’s “Find My Polling Location” online.
- You have to bring identification, such as a photo ID issued by the government or a current utility bill, with you.
- If you need assistance, you may bring someone with you to help you vote or ask for assistance from a poll worker.
- If you are not able to physically enter the polling location you can vote curbside. When you arrive at the voting place, inform poll workers of your desire to vote, and poll workers will bring you a ballot which you can fill out in a vehicle or outside of the building.
2. Vote by mail. You can request a ballot to be sent to you in the mail. The request form can be downloaded at VoteOhio.gov. And places such as public libraries, have vote-by-mail request forms readily available. The completed form can be mailed to your local board of elections or returned in person to your board of elections. The request to have a ballot mailed to you has to be made by the Saturday before Election Day.
- For voters with a disability, there is an Accessible Absentee option which allows for the absentee ballot to be filled out online. You need to fill out the online request form that has to printed, signed, and mailed to your county board of elections. Like absentee voting you have to fill out a request form and mail it in, but your ballot will be available over the internet rather than sent to you by mail.
3. Vote Early. You can go in-person to an early voting site and cast your vote to avoid the rush on election day. In Cuyahoga County you can vote early at the Cuyahoga Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Ave, Cleveland OH 44115. Here is a useful lookup tool for other counties.
Early Voting Hours:
- October 25-29: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- October 30: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
- October 31: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- November 1: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
People with disabilities are over 10% of the US population, last year over 38 million people with disabilities were eligible to vote. Your voice, your vote can make a big impact. Make a plan to vote before on November 2nd.
- Ohio secretary of state useful tool kit: Voter Toolkit - Ohio Secretary of State (ohiosos.gov)
- Cuyahoga board of elections: The Official Government Site of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections