Important 2018 and 2019 Voter Info
2018 General Election Turnout Rate Up 80%
Voter turnout among Downtown residents greatly increased in 2018 compared to the last midterm election in 2014. According to Cuyahoga County Board of Elections results, Downtown voter turnout peaked this year at 52.51% in precinct 3-I and averaged 32.32% across 12 Downtown precincts. In 2014, the average turnout across those precincts was only 17.91%. View the results map here.
Downtown's residential population has grown impressively since 2014, but the 2018 voter turnout rate outpaced that growth by 80%. In 2014, 1,733 of 9,674 registrants cast ballots, while in 2018, 3,782 of 11,702 registrants did so. This confirms our experience of Downtown residents becoming more civically engaged.
Downtown Cleveland Residents made many efforts to improve voter turnout this year. Our First Thursday mixers included on-the-spot voter registrations. We coordinated flyers, reminders, and kiosk signage with the Board of Elections, Cleveland VOTES, Nonprofit Vote, and Downtown Cleveland Alliance (in particular the Civic Engagement cohort of City Advocates). We provided volunteers and supplies on National Voter Registration Day (with free ice cream and food truck vouchers at Public Square) and Election Day (with free donuts at 7 locations). Thank you everyone! We're proud of these efforts, but there's still much work remaining to make Downtown the highest-voting neighborhood in the city.
Registration Cancellations Require Action Before Jan. 11, 2019
The State of Ohio is moving forward with voter registration cancellations, following a hold on any voter purge through the Nov. 6 election. Your voter registration may be at risk of cancellation if you have not voted (or updated your registration) within four years. We want Downtowners to stay registered and make your voice heard in elections!
The Board of Elections will mail warning notices by Dec. 12 to voters scheduled for registration cancellation. You must respond to the notice by mail or online before Jan. 11, 2019to prevent your registration cancellation. If you're unsure of your status, check your current voter registration here.