General Election Ballots to be Mailed Tuesday

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(Cleveland) - The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will begin mailing ballots to voters on September 29, 2009 for the November 3, 2009 General Election.

Approximately 98,000 voters have requested ballots and hundreds of ballots applications are arriving at the Board of Elections daily.

Election officials are encouraging voters to take advantage of Vote by Mail in the November 3, 2009 General Election. The ballot is filled with lengthy issues including a pair of highly publicized county reform issues and there are 29 reform issue candidates. "This is the perfect ballot for people to vote early. It's full of lengthy issues," said Jane Platten, director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. "It's a good example of why we encourage people to vote at their kitchen table, where they have plenty of time to review and make their choices," said Platten. There are a total of 109 issues on the ballot as well as 708 county, municipal, judicial, and school board candidates.

Precinct, ward and voting location changes are another reason election officials are encouraging Vote by Mail. The November 3, 2009 General Election marks the first countywide election to be held since 46 municipalities have been subject to precinct and voting location changes. Voting by mail does not require voters to have this information. The Board of Elections mails voters the correct ballot for their ward and precinct.

Other advantages of voting by mail:

  • Not missing the election because of work or time constraints
  • No weather concerns

The opening of Vote by Mail means voters may begin voting early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. In-house voting is open between September 29, 2009 and November 2, 2009 during normal business hours between 8:30 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday at the Board of Elections, located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland.

Vote by Mail ballot applications may be obtained in person at the Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, at any branch of the public library system, or through the Board's website: <>. Voters may also call (216) 443-3298 for Vote by Mail ballot applications.

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