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Debunking voting rumors and misinformation with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

3News spoke to Mike West with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to clear the air on five common voting rumors ahead of Tuesday's elections.

CLEVELAND — We live in an age where misinformation is rampant and rumors can become passed off as fact.

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How do you know what you're being told is true? Are your pre-conceived assumptions based on reality or deceptive social media trolling?

3News spoke to Mike West with Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to clear the air on five common rumors you may not know the answer to or are misinformed about ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.

Absentee Ballots

1) Your postal carrier is destroying your ballot.


"The postal workers know that these envelopes are a top priority so if anything they handle them with more care, not less."

West says Cuyahoga and other counties meet with the U.S. Postal Service to discuss the importance of the mail-in ballots.

2) You can take your ballot to downtown Cleveland if you forgot to mail it or you were late getting to the post office


"You can drop it off at our 24-hour secure ballot box at the back of building."

This can be done until 7:30 p.m. on election night when the polls close. You can only drop off the vote-by-mail at the board of elections.

3) Can you still vote if you received a mail-in ballot but never filled it out


"When they go to vote at their polling station, our records will show we mailed you a ballot, but that's not a problem. You can vote and put it in a provisional envelope."

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4) You can't vote without a driver's license


"A driver's license makes it easy because the poll worker can scan the barcode in on the back."

if you don't have a license you can bring a government check, a bank statement, a rent receipt, anything with your current address on it 

But before you vote, you can go online or call the board of elections to confirm your polling location.

5) Ballots are delivered under armed law enforcement and there is a monitor in every car.


"Everything is done under the watchful eye of politically balanced teams and also there are cameras in both of our buildings."

It's also true elections results only come from the Board of Elections and they will post those as soon as the vote counting begins.

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