Gloria Ferris

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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

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  1. That sample page is nifty.


    28 Oct 08 at 6:28 AM

  2. I voted early at the B.O.E. Great experience, but no “I voted today” sticker. It’s OK. I’m a grown-up and I didn’t need that incentive. The issues are incentive enough and you’re right, there are a lot of them.

    Susan Miller

    28 Oct 08 at 3:53 PM

  3. Be Warned. PD has this story and will not print it!

    Bay Village operates with an illegal slush fund of over $15 MILLION. Mayor Sutherland, running for County Commissioner, cuts public safety and raised “fees” on homeowners and citizens over $500,000 while sitting on this illegal money. Her record has not been examined by the PD because they endorsed her. Anyone who speaks out against her, pays the consequences. Sutherland needs to learn there are consequences. The State Auditor also has the following information and should be investigating.

    5705.13 Reserve balance accounts – special revenue fund – capital projects fund

    (A) A taxing authority of a subdivision, by resolution or ordinance, may establish reserve balance accounts to accumulate currently available resources for the following purposes:

    (1) To stabilize subdivision budgets against cyclical changes in revenues and expenditures;

    A reserve balance account established for the purpose described in division (A)(1) of this section may be established in the general fund or in one or more special funds for operating purposes of the subdivision.

    The amount of money to be reserved in such an account in any fiscal year shall not exceed five per cent of the revenue credited in the preceding fiscal year to the fund in which the account is established.

    Next, Bay Village Ordinance:


    There is hereby established under Ohio R.C. 5705.12, and subject to the approval of the Bureau of Inspection and Supervision of Public Offices of the State of Ohio, a General Reserve Fund. Said fund is established for budget stabilization. The total amount in said fund shall not exceed five percent (5%) of the general fund’s revenue for the preceding fiscal year.

    (Ord. 99-06. Passed 1-11-99.)


    4 Nov 08 at 6:47 AM

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