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CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is sending a message to voters: avoid possible lines on Election Day and Vote by Mail.

To help get this message out the Board of Elections and its 400 Community Partners are blanketing the county with voter education information that includes instructions on how to Vote by Mail.

Vote By Mail and early voting began Oct. 2.

Vote by Mail and additional election informationis also being distributed in libraries, offices, municipal buildings, and through social media.

"Up to 600,000 Cuyahoga County voters are expected to cast ballots in the November 6th Presidential Election," said Jane Platten, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

"There are 422 polling locations in the County for an average of 1,400 voters per location.We want to minimize lines by increasing the number of people who take advantage of voting by mail," said Platten.

Another good reason to Vote by Mail is the length of the ballot. The ballot is packed with 3 pages of issues and candidates. Voters who cast ballots by mail have extra time to study the candidates and issues.

The opening of Vote by Mail is the date when the Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters who have submitted Vote by Mail ballot applications.

This is also the date when voters may begin voting early at the Board of Elections.

Here are the hours and days for Early Voting in person at the BOE:

  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from October 2, 2012 through October 5, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, from October 10, 2012 through October 12, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from October 15, 2012 through October 19, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, from October 22, 2012 through October 26, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, October 29, 2012 through November 1, 2012
  • 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Friday, November 2, 2012.

Vote by Mail ballot applicationsare available on theon the Board of Elections website Vote By Mail sectionor by calling 216-443-3298, and at public libraries.

Ballot applications must be received by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections on or before noon on Nov. 3.

Voters may call (216) 443-3298 with Vote by Mail and voter registration questions.

For additional information concerning the November 6th General Election visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website

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