Friendly reminder to vote!

Anne FeleppelleYou may be weary of politics in the news, but Ohioans are finally about to get their say; if you haven’t already voted, please remember to get out and vote tomorrow, March 15! Check with your company’s personnel policy; many employers accommodate time to vote during the work day.

While the Presidential primary is at the forefront, the primary ballot also includes the Cuyahoga County Health and Human Services levy. The eight-year, $4.8 million renewal levy is not a tax increase, and costs the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $147 per year. It is expected to generate $130 million a year to continue critical support services for children, seniors and families in need or in crisis across Cuyahoga County. The eight-year renewal is longer than prior renewals, meaning the “no tax increase” rate is locked in for a longer period of time and fewer campaigns are needed to maintain critical services – which also support the mission of United Way:

  • Protecting children at risk of abuse or neglect
  • Expanding access to early preschool education
  • Access to mental health services
  • MetroHealth’s Level One Trauma and Burn Center, LifeFlight, and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Not sure if you’re registered or don’t know where to vote? Call 216-443-VOTE (8683) to check your voter registration status, voting location, ward, and precinct, or view a sample ballot at the Board of Elections website: www.443vote.com or Find your polling location here.

Vote StickerIn-person voting: The polls are open for voting from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm. A current and valid Ohio driver’s license or state identification, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and current address is required to verify identity. A passport or notice from a board of elections is not a valid ID for voting purposes.

Vote-by-Mail: Return envelopes containing marked ballots must either be received in person by the Board of Elections prior to 7:30 p.m. on Election Day (they have a drop off box in the parking lot which saves you the postage cost) or postmarked no later than Monday, March 14 and received by the Board of Elections no later than 10 days after the election.

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