This is the most important election of our lifetime. I’m proud to report that as of today, we have one of the highest voting records in the county! More than 55-percent of Beachwood residents have requested absentee ballots and more than 42-percent of all Beachwood voters have returned them. If you are among the 42-percent, check the Board of Elections (BOE) website to ensure your ballot is marked “Approved for Counting.”
With less than a week to go, I urge everyone to return absentee ballots by mail no later than today, or make a plan to drop it at the Board of Elections, or vote early in person.
Whatever your situation, MAKE A PLAN and make sure your vote gets counted. Here’s what you can do:
- Mail in your ballot today, no later than Wednesday, October 28. To guarantee it reaches the Board of Elections in time, you can drive it down to the 24-hour ballot drop box located at 2925 Euclid Avenue. Make sure all 5 yellow boxes are completed on the security envelope and that you provide your phone number and/or email address on the opposite side of the envelope, so the BOE can contact you if there is an issue with your ballot. Insert your ballot into the security envelope and then the mailing envelope. Seal both envelopes.
- Early in-person voting at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, located at 30th and Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, is available October 28 – October 30 from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM; Saturday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM; Sunday from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM and Monday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lines are longer because of the unprecedented voter turnout and the false claims about the unreliability of the Post Office handling mail-in ballots, but so long as you are in line for voting before closing time, you will be able to vote. I recommend you bring a snack and some water in case the wait is longer than expected.
- Vote at your regular polling place on Election Day. With over half the city voting by mail, the lines should not be too long. Sanitizing protocols will be in place for a safe voting experience. Please note that if you have already requested an absentee ballot but choose instead to vote in person, you will be required to vote a provisional ballot.
- On Tuesday, November 3, polls are open from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM.
If you have any questions, please consult the Cuyahoga County BOE website at 443vote.com or call 216-443-8683 (VOTE). If you requested an absentee ballot and it has not arrived, or you want to vote in person, you can still vote in person at the BOE up to November 2, or at your polling place on Election Day. Make sure you have proper ID: to vote in person at the BOE you need a driver’s license or last four digits of your Social Security number. To vote at the local polling place on Election Day you need a driver’s license, state ID, utility bill with current address or other acceptable identification with current address. The BOE website has the full list.
When the polls are closed, the results are in and your candidate didn’t win, please don’t be the person who couldn’t find time to vote, was too confused or thought everything was taken care of. It’s not too late to make absolutely certain your vote will count. Deliver your absentee ballot to the ballot drop box. Verify that your absentee ballot has been approved. Correct mistakes if they exist. Vote at the BOE in person or vote local. Make sure you have reliable transportation and proper ID. This election may be decided by a few thousands votes across the state. TO AVOID REGRETS LATER, JUST GET OUT AND VOTE NOW!