Gloria Ferris

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Archive for October 27th, 2008

Vote Early in Cuyahoga County Avoid HUGE Lines

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Believe me this is a must.  A few weeks ago on twitter blogesque said that he had just finished voting absentee-it took him about twenty minutes.  I thought “oh, it couldn’t have.”  It could have.  It just took me FIFTEEN MINUTES and I have been reading on the issues for the past three weeks to get up to speed. There are a LOT OF ISSUES, FOLKS.

There are five statewide Issues, seven charter amendments if you live in the city of Cleveland, the County Library Levy and any local issues that may be on your ballot.  These are all in addition to voting for the candidates-a lot of bubbles to be filled in COMPLETELY, a lot of STUFF to wade through before voting.

For illustration purposes, I am going to use the last Presidential general election figures from the precinct I worked.  Poll hours are 6:30 a.m to 7:30 p.m.  We had six voting stations.  Many of these polling places are not large and the number of voting stations are limited.  The final figure for my precinct at my polling station was 273 voters. I had a heavy voting precinct in my ward.  Predictions are that there will be even more voters this election cycle.  Based on that election, those polling stations could handle 234 voters if it took each voter 20 minutes to vote.  Based on a voter taking fifteen minutes to cast their ballot, 312 voters would vote. 

Granted, polling stations stay open until the last voter in line at 7:30 p.m. has voted.  Historically, voters drop off toward the end of a ballot.  Fewer people vote for judges than the president or governor and fewer people vote on issues as well.  Voting early in the day on election day should be a must if you just can’t bring yourself to vote early.  At the very least, go to the Cuyahoga County BOE website and check out a sample ballot for you. There will be LONG LINES on Election Day.  We will not know how we voted here in Cuyahoga County quickly.

Written by Gloria Ferris

October 27th, 2008 at 9:47 am