Reflections from Long-term Election Officials

As the November 7, 2017 election draws near, we are still in need of election officials (poll workers) to work the polls on Election Day.

Election Officials have the unique opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the election process. They play a vital role in bringing elections to their communities and helping voters at the polls.

Reflections from Long-term Election Officials
We asked a few of our long-time poll workers why they continue to serve each election. Here’s what they had to say:

“I love serving the people knowing that I am doing worthwhile work. It’s important to help young voters, especially to help them understand their vote really is counted.”

“One year during the presidential election we all started clapping for first-time voters. Seeing their expressions was memorable. It is really cool to see young people vote.”

“It gives me gratification to see people exercising their constitutional right to vote. Blood was shed to have these rights.”

“I feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. That’s what keeps me coming back.”

“Elections are for the people, by the people. We are here for one another.”

“I’ve made a lot of friends doing this.”

“This will be my fourth presidential election. I’ve been doing this for about 20 years. If I would have known about being a poll worker at a younger age I would have started sooner! It makes me feel like I am participating in my government.”

Become a Poll Worker
Being a poll worker is more than passing out ballots on Election Day. It is about providing the means for those in your community to have a voice and practice their civic duty and right to vote.

If you have the extra time this upcoming November 7, please consider applying to serve your community. Poll workers earn up to $200 and all training is provided.

To learn more and apply, visit


Precinct Election Officials Needed for November 7 Election

The Board of Elections is now hiring Election Officials (poll workers) to assist voters on Election Day. Election Officials can earn up to $200. There are hundreds of openings for workers in all areas of the county.

“This important work is an opportunity for civic-minded citizens to serve our democracy and to earn extra money for the holidays,” said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

People who are interested in being an Election Official are being asked to apply as soon as possible to allow time for processing and training. Applicants may apply on-line at or call the Election Officials Department at 216-443-3277.

Author: Mike West, Community Outreach

What’s not to love about Voter Notify?

I don’t know about you, but whenever I order something online I am constantly tracking my package to see when it will arrive. Tracking your vote-by-mail ballot should be no different, which is why I love Voter Notify!

Voter Notify takes all the guessing out of voting by mail. Questions like, “when will I receive my ballot?” and “was my ballot returned to the Board of Elections yet?” are answered with a text and/or email before you even have the chance to think about it.

Just last night I received a text informing me that my ballot was on the way and to keep an eye out for it in my mailbox. I really appreciated that text and will pay more attention when I grab the mail this week.

Voter Notify will also send me a message once my ballot has been received at the Board of Elections. While I fully trust the United States Postal Service, it’s nice to get an actual confirmation that my ballot was returned and my votes will be counted.

If you vote by mail (and why wouldn’t you? It’s so convenient!), and haven’t signed up for Voter Notify yet, then you’re missing out. Since its launch in 2015, more than 17,000 voters in Cuyahoga County have signed up to get the notifications. If you’re ready to fall in love with voting by mail all over again, sign up for Voter Notify here.

To request your vote-by-mail ballot, print your application here. We must receive your completed form no later than noon on the Saturday prior to Election Day.

Author: Cathy Goskey, Community Outreach, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

Reminder: Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 10

Tomorrow, October 10, is the LAST DAY to get registered for the November 7, 2017 General Election. If you have recently changed your name, moved, or are voting for the first time, you can update your voter registration online at You  must be registered to cast a vote, and every vote matters!

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? It’s easy to check your status on our website. Just enter your last name and birthday, and your voting information will appear. Here, you can view your voting history, see your polling location and download a sample ballot unique to your polling location.

Understanding State Issues on the November 7 Ballot

Ohioans will vote on two state issues this November 7th. The Ohio Secretary of State has provided a few resources to help voters understand each issue and make an informed decision. The following videos will help to briefly explain each issue, while full ballot language and arguments for/against each issue can be found here.

2017 Ohio State Ballot Issue 1:

2017 Ohio State Ballot Issue 2:

Additional Information & Local Issues:
For additional information regarding the November 7, 2017 General Election, including local issues, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at