Voter Notify is a system that informs voters of when the Board of Elections received their Vote-by-Mail ballot applications, when their ballots were mailed and when the Board received their voted ballots. This was done via text message and/or email to people who signed up for the program on the Board’s website.
The Board has discontinued the program due to additional security requirements that have been imposed by the State of Ohio. The company that operates Voter Notify is unable to comply at this time with new rules that protect the Board’s communications systems.
This will affect about 25,000 people who are on the Voter Notify contact list. “I want people to know that the information provided by Voter Notify is on the Board’s website,” said Anthony Perlatti, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. “People may securely check their Vote-by-Mail ballot application status, when their ballots were mailed, and confirm that the Board has received their voted ballot at www.443VOTE.us. They just need to click “Track My Ballot” and enter their name and birthdate.”
All voters are encouraged to become familiar with the wealth of information that is available on the Board’s website. This includes confirming their voting locations, registration status, viewing sample ballots, and applying for jobs that include assisting voters on election days.
People who have signed up for Voter Notify will receive letters and/or a phone call informing them that the program has been discontinued.
Ohio’s new “I Voted” sticker is making its debut this election! You don’t have to wait until Election Day on November 5, 2019 to sport the new look. Early voting is happening now at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Ohio Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, called on Ohio’s students to create a new sticker design. After receiving more than 2,000 submissions, his office narrowed down the choices and left it up to Ohioans to choose via online poll. The contest was created to inspire young people to get excited about voting. If you look closely, the sticker says “Ohio Voted” and “I Voted.”
The sticker was designed by Emily Legg, a former senior at Teays Valley High School in Pickaway County.
How to get your sticker
To get an “I Voted” sticker, all you have to do is vote. You have three options for casting your vote in Ohio:
1. Early In-Person Voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections 2. Vote-by-Mail 3. Election Day at your assigned polling location
Early voting has begun for the November 5, 2019 General Election. Voters may cast their ballot in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections leading up to Election Day. Voters may also request to vote by mail.
Early In-Person Voting Early In-Person Voting takes place at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115. Sample ballots are available for review on the Board of Elections website. Here is the early in-person voting schedule:
Weekdays, October 8 – 25 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed October 14) Weekdays, October 28 – November 1 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, November 2 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, November 3 from 1 – 5 p.m. Monday, November 4 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Voting by Mail All Ohio voters are eligible to vote by mail. To request a ballot, complete a vote-by-mail application. Voting by mail is safe, convenient and secure. The Board of Elections must receive ballot requests by Saturday, November 2 at noon, however, it is best to request the ballot as soon as possible.
Voting on Election Day Voters may choose to cast their ballot on Election Day at their assigned polling location. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. To view a sample ballot and check your polling location, visit “My Voting Info” on the Board of Elections website.
April 9 – 25 (M-F, 8AM – 5PM)
April 29 – May 3 (M-F, 8AM – 7PM)
May 6 (Mon., 8AM – 2PM)
May 4 (Sat., 8AM – 4PM)
May 5 (Sun., 1PM – 5PM)
The early voting process has changed slightly to create an experience similar to Election Day. Learn more about the early voting process here. Voters are reminded to bring proper ID with them. If they do not have ID, they may provide the last four digits of their social security number to receive their ballot.
Voting by Mail
Voters who prefer to vote by mail must request their ballot no later than noon on Saturday, May 4. However, it is always better to place the request sooner rather than later. Voting by mail is safe, secure and convenient, and it is open to all voters.
Early voters will have a new experience when they cast ballots at the Board of Elections. Changes have been made to make early voting more like going to the polls on Election Day. The changes are the result of the passage of House Bill 41.
Here is how the new method works:
People will present their identification and sign a poll book.
A ballot is issued and people proceed to vote.
Voters scan their voted ballots to complete the process.
Advantages of the new process:
Voters will no longer be required to complete a ballot application or ID envelope.
The scanners will alert people if there are any questions of voter intent or possible errors that voters may want to correct.
No ID? No problem.
Voters are not required to present ID if they know the last four digits of their social security number, or driver’s license or state-issued ID number. These voters, however, will be required to complete a ballot application at the time of voting, similar to the old process.
Acceptable forms of ID for early voters:
Ohio driver’s license (unexpired)
Ohio ID card (unexpired)
Current (within the last 12 months) utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document with the voter’s name and current address
The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has initiated the process of selecting a new building for early voting.
At today’s Board meeting, Director Pat McDonald was asked by the Board to launch a search for an early voting center that is better suited to accommodate large numbers of voters. Currently people cast early ballots at the Board headquarters located at 2925 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.
The Board hopes to identify the new facility as soon as possible in order to move early voting prior to the 2020 Presidential Election year. “Well over 50,000 people are expected to vote early in the 29 days that lead up to the March Primary and the Presidential General Elections,” said Pat McDonald, the Director of the Board of Elections. “Early voting has created traffic congestion, parking shortages and lines that can form out the doors and down the street. A new location will hopefully overcome these challenges and improve our service,” said McDonald.
The Board is seeking a location that would be large enough to serve thousands of voters per day, provide ample parking, and is located close to public transportation.
McDonald is encouraging commercial real estate agents, private land owners and the general public to contact the Board if they have a location in mind that may be able to serve its needs. “Other counties have been very creative and successful in finding new early voting sites that include former department stores, shopping malls and shuttered corporate buildings. All ideas are welcome,” said McDonald.
As part of the selection process, the Board also encourages election administration stakeholders and community leaders to share their thoughts on proposed early voting centers.