Save a stamp during “Vote by Mail Week” April 8-14

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is proud to announce Vote by Mail Week, April 8-14, 2018, in partnership with Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL).

County residents can save a stamp by dropping off their completed vote-by-mail applications at any CCPL branch from Sunday, April 8 through Saturday, April 14 during regular library hours. For a complete listing of CCPL locations, please visit

To vote by mail, voters must obtain, complete and mail their vote-by-mail ballot applications to the Board of Elections. Vote by Mail Week will save voters several steps in the process and seeks to increase voter turnout for the May 8 Primary Election.

Vote-by-mail applications are available at all CCPL branches. Voters may also print out or request vote-by-mail applications on the Board of Elections website:

CCPL can only accept vote-by-mail applications during Vote by Mail Week. Absentee ballots will not be accepted and must be mailed by the voter through the United States Postal Service or dropped off in person by the voter or a family member at the Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

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Absentee Ballot Return Deadlines Reminder

It’s Election Day Eve! That means your absentee ballot must be postmarked TODAY. If you cannot make it to the post office, you may also return your ballot in person at the Board of Elections. The ballot must be received by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

For your convenience, we have a secure 24/7 ballot drop box located in our parking lot at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Map

Note: Ballots CANNOT be returned to your polling location.

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

Top Ten Reasons to Vote by Mail

The March 15 Primary Election will be here before you know it. Here are our top ten reasons to vote early by mail:

  1. Vote on your own schedule. So many of us are juggling work, taking care of our families, running errands, exercising, volunteering, etc. that voting in person can be a hassle. Vote at your leisure when it’s convenient for you. This especially holds true for those who will be traveling on March 15.
  2. It’s easy. Voting comes to you! How easy is that? After you request your vote-by-mail ballot, the Board of Elections will mail you the ballot and all you need to do is complete it and mail it back.
  3. You still get a sticker. Everyone’s favorite part of voting, right?

    Vote By Mail Stickers
    You still get a sticker when you vote by mail!
  4. Every vote counts. All votes are counted as soon as ballots arrive back at the Board of Elections. Now you can even get a text or email to confirm your vote has been counted through VoterNotify.
  5. There’s no place like home. Vote from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
  6. Take your time. Never heard of that candidate running for judge or councilman? Say no more! When voting from home you’re just a quick Google search away from researching candidates to make educated decisions as you go.
  7. You can vote in your pajamas. But really.
  8. Avoid lines on Election Day. More people come out to the polls in presidential election years. Don’t let this happen to you (Election Day 2008):

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    Election Day 2008 – Voters waited in line that spanned blocks.
  9. Safe and secure. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has solved the issue of counting ballots that arrive after Election Day without a postmark. No more worries! Read about it here: Ohio absentee ballot postmark fix proposed by Secretary of State Jon Husted
  10. Get it over with. Already know who you’re voting for? Then why wait? Go ahead and vote already!

Click here to download your vote-by-mail application.

To learn more about voting by mail, call 216-443-VOTE or visit:

Author: Cathy Bajic, Community Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections