The President's Corner

It is a cliché to say that the upcoming election will be the most important in our nation’s history. However, few would argue that it might just be true for the general election that will take place on Tuesday, November 3. Our ballots will include not only the race for President of the United States, but our members of the U.S. House of Representatives, two of the seven spots on the Ohio Supreme Court, the Ohio House of Representatives, as well as several judgeships and issues.

The first step to voting in November is to ensure that you are registered. In fact, to be eligible to vote in the upcoming election, you must register by Monday, October 5. Registering is simple and can now be done online at https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx. Further, if you live in Parma and need to register to vote, feel free to call my office at 440-885-8091. I would be glad to personally deliver an application to your home. 

Once you are registered, you need to determine how you will vote. You can do so by mail, vote early in person, or in person on election day. There has been a lot of controversy about voting by mail in recent weeks. As a result, I recently sent a letter to the Postmaster for the Cleveland region asking her to contact me to talk about how she is going to ensure that voting by mail will go smoothly in this election cycle as it has in past elections. I am awaiting her reply as of this writing.

Despite the allegations about voting by mail, I can attest that it has worked for my family for years. Further, I have investigated voting by mail in Cuyahoga County in the past and found our system without flaws. Voting by mail allows you to receive your ballot up to a few weeks before election day, giving you time to research prior to marking your ballot and returning it to the Board of Elections. To receive an absentee ballot, you need to apply for one, which can be done at https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/vote-by-mail.aspx.

I highly suggest requesting your mail-in ballot right away and returning it well in advance of election day to ensure it is received and counted. Vote by mail ballots must be received in person at the Board of Elections or in the mail by the Board by the time the polls close on election day.

Should you plan to vote in person, you may go to the Board of Elections located at 2925 Euclid Avenue starting October 6 through November 2, including weekends. I suggest calling for times.

Of course, you can also vote the old fashioned way by going to your local precinct voting location. To find your voting location visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx. Polls are open from 6:30 am until 7:30 pm. A very important thing to know is that as long as you are in line before the polls close, you are guaranteed the right to vote.

For more information about voting in Cuyahoga County, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website at https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us or call them at 216-443-VOTE(8683). You may also call or email me at sbrennan@cityofparma-oh.gov if I can answer any questions regarding voting. Best wishes for your continued health as we transition to fall on September 22.

Sean Brennan

Parma City Council President Sean Brennan

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 8:32 AM, 09.01.2020