With such a diverse pool of candidates you may not know who you’ll be voting for come March 15! One thing is for certain; you don’t want to risk the chance of not being heard because you forgot to register or missed a deadline. Follow our checklist to make sure you are ready for the election!
- Check your voter registration. Not sure if you’re registered in Cuyahoga County? Click here to find out and to view your polling location. If you recently moved or changed your name, you’ll need to reregister by February 16.
- Mail your voter registration form. First-time voters can download a form here. All registration forms must be signed and mailed to the Board of Elections (BOE) by February 16.
- Voting by mail? Request your ballot. If you’re traveling, want to skip long lines on Election Day, or simply enjoy the luxury of voting from the comfort of your own home, then voting by mail is for you! Remember to request your vote-by-mail application by early March. The BOE will mail you a ballot which must be returned by noon on March 12.
- Check early voting hours. The BOE offers early voting for those wishing to cast their vote in person before Election Day.
Did you know?
- Minors age 17 can vote in the primary if they will be 18 by the General Election (November 8, 2016). They can’t vote on any issues, but candidates are fair game! Minors follow the same registration process.
- Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is urging lawmakers to pass legislation to allow online voter registration in Ohio. If it passes, Ohio will join 31 other states who currently offer online registration. Until then, anyone wishing to get registered or update their registration will need to mail their information to the Board of Elections.
See you at the primary on March 15!
Author: Cathy Bajic, Community Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections