Happy New Year!
For many, January marks a period of personal reflection and goal setting for the upcoming year. As you set your new year’s resolutions for 2018, remember to add voting to your list. Resolve to be aware of and vote on the issues facing your community, state and country. Resolve to research candidates, and vote to elect those whom you believe will be the best leaders. Resolve to vote in every election, big or small. Let your voice be heard.
Your Vote Matters
In the past five years, 141 races and issues were decided by one vote or tied; 29 races in 2017 alone (Secretary Husted: A Single Vote Makes all the Difference). In fact, this past November, our Board members determined the outcome of one race by a coin toss! That’s right, the winner of the Cuyahoga Heights Village Council race was literally decided by a coin toss due to a tie vote.
Voter turnout continues to be on the low side:
- November 7, 2017 General Election: 31% turnout
- September 12, 2017 Primary Election: 13% turnout (Not a typo!)
- May 2, 2017 Primary Election: 23% turnout
Few people are determining the outcomes of important elections. Encourage those you know to participate in the democratic process and practice your civic duty to vote.
2018 Elections Preview
In 2018, voters throughout Ohio will elect leaders to state and county offices. This includes: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Governor, other state executives, State Senate, State House, State Supreme Court, intermediate appellate courts, local judges, and municipal government. There may also be statewide and local issues on the primary or general election ballot.
Dates of 2018 Elections:
- May 8, 2018: Primary Election
- August 7, 2018: Special Election (held if needed)
- November 6, 2018: General Election
Make sure your voice is heard in 2018. See you at the polls!
Author: Cathy Goskey, Community Outreach Coordinator, Cuyahoga County Board of Elections