2020 is an important national election year. In Ohio you will be voting for your representative in Congressional House of Representatives in addition to voting for President. Your municipality may have school or income tax levys, zoning amendments, or city charter amendments on the ballot for YOUR consideration. These are important issues for the life-blood of your city.
2020 is also a Census year. Every ten years the Constitution says we must literarily count every single person in our country— citizen AND non-citizen alike. The count determines how many tax dollars flow back to our state, county and city to pay for social services, infrastructure like roads, highways, bridges, and waterways. Please respond to the census. For most of us we can respond to the census online.
Request a VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT. If you have not received your vote-by-mail ballot and it’s more than 4-5 days since you signed up for vote-by-mail, or if you have misplaced your ballot, call the Board of Elections (216-443-8683) and ask them to send you another ballot.
If you have received a Vote by Mail ballot and you go to your polling place on election day, you will be asked to vote a provisional ballot, so make sure to mail in or drop off your ballot!
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TIPS ON HOW TO BE SURE YOUR VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT IS OK
If you havereceived your vote-by-mail ballot:
Open the envelope. There are two envelopes and your ballot.
Open the ballot.
Fill in the ovals next to the persons or issues you want to vote for.
Please fill out the whole ballot. Items further down on the ballot are the most important in our daily lives.
When you are done voting, place your ballot in the small security envelope that will keep your votes confidential. Seal the envelope!
Next, carefully fill in ALL the yellow highlighted sections on the small security envelope. Remember to sign and date it!
Put the security envelope into the mailing envelope, which is addressed to the Board of Elections. The ballot envelope will tell you how many stamps you’ll need.
Vote and mail in your ballot as soon as possible.
Your ballot must be postmarked no later than November 5th.
After November 1: Mail your ballot at the nearest post office or you can deliver it to the drop box behind the Board of Elections (30th & Euclid) no later than November 6. Stamps are not needed for that.
You have until 8 p.m. November 6 (election day).
Remember, you cannot deliver your mail-in ballot to your polling place.
If you don’t mail or deliver your ballot on time, you will have to vote a provisional ballot at your polling place on election day. It is very difficult, so we don’t recommend it.
Right to Vote In Ohio
Citizens with felony convictions have the right to vote in Ohio after they are done serving any sentence of incarceration. Citizens can vote if they are on probation, on parole, serving a misdemeanor sentence, or awaiting trial on a felony.