Decision 2012: Election Day

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What Cuyahoga County voters need to know for the Nov. 6 General Election from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

(Don't live in Cuyahoga County? Check all Ohio county boards of elections)

Early Voting Hours at the Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.

Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Nov. 3: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nov. 4: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Nov. 5: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Vote by Mail: How to Vote by Mail:

To vote absentee, you must obtain and complete an Absentee or Vote by Mail ballot application. Ballot applications are available on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website, all public libraries, or by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-3298.

Once a voter completes a ballot application, they may mail it to the Board of Elections or drop it off in person. The Board of Elections receives the ballot applications and confirms the voter's address and identification information.

Vote by Mail Ballot Application Deadline:

Voters still have time to Vote by Mail, but they should act quickly The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections must receive mailed ballot application requests by noon on Nov. 3 for voters to be eligible to Vote by Mail.

Returning the ballot: It is very important for voters to fill out their Identification/Security envelop carefully and completely.  This is the envelope you place your ballot inside before you put it in the return mailing envelope.

If voters fail to fill this out correctly, or not seal the envelope, their vote may not count. Call the Board of Elections if you have questions or need another envelope because you made a mistake or lost the envelope. They will send you a new one.

Postage: The ballot must be postmarked on or before the Nov. 5 to be counted OR: Ballots must be dropped off on or before Election Day at the Board of Elections. Ballots may be dropped off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the secure ballot box located in the Board of Elections parking lot. Ballots cannot be dropped off at a polling location

Put a stamp on your ballot return envelope. Ballot envelopes are not postage-paid. Postage costs are included in the voting instructions that voters receive with their ballots.

Postage costs: 3-page ballots are in all precincts except a 4-page ballot in Bedford Heights.  Postage rates for ballots are 65 cents for 3 pages and 85 cents for 4 pages. (If you use 2 forever stamps, you will more than cover the cost of postage. Forever stamps are worth 45 cents each)

What to expect on Election Day:

The busiest times to vote will be before and after work, so if voters go to the polls during the day, lines and waiting times will be minimal.

What voters need to know at the polls: Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Get a Sample Ballot: Sample ballots are available on the Board of Elections website.  By looking at the sample ballot in advance, it will be faster and easier to make your choices in the voting booth.

Before you go to the polls, make sure nothing has changed since the last time you voted:

Confirm your voting location, precinct and ward.  Voters may check their voting information on the Board of Elections website or by calling 216-443-3298.

Make sure you bring your identification to vote:

Acceptable forms of identification are a current and valid photo identification, such as a driver's license or State of Ohio identification card; a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or government check, paycheck or other government document.


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