Election 2020: Voting Amid the Pandemic


Voters have to think about voting earlier than Election Day this year in light of the risks associated with COVID-19.  Independence voters have three options:  mail-in absentee ballots, early, in-person voting at the Cuyahoga Board of Elections, and in-person voting at the Civic Center on November 3 between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Please exercise your sacred right to vote.  It is fundamental to our democracy. 

Absentee/Mail-In Ballot

All Ohio voters are eligible to vote by mail, but they must first apply in advance for an absentee ballot.

The Secretary of State's office mailed all registered Ohio voters an absentee ballot application the first week of September.  If you did not receive an application, you can print one out and send it to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.     

Absentee ballots will start being mailed to Cuyahoga County voters Tuesday, October 6. Ballots for anyone who applied after October 6 will be mailed out in batches throughout October.

Absentee voting also contains an additional layer of security.   Completed ballots must be placed inside the "ID envelope" mailed with the blank ballot.

The completed application can be mailed through the U.S. Postal Service or taken to the Cuyahoga Board of Elections' ballot dropbox as soon as it is filled out. 

The dropbox is available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  It is located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, in the Board of Elections' rear parking lot.

Absentee ballots CANNOT be submitted at the Civic Center on November 3, Election Day. If a precinct worker mistakenly accepts an absentee ballot, it will not be counted.

Voters can track their Vote-by-Mail Ballot Applications with the Track My Ballot tool.  The applications appear on the Track My Ballot tool after they are processed, not the day they are received by the Cuyahoga Board of Elections

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by November 2 and received by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections no later than November 13.

Can I change my mind and vote in person after applying for an absentee ballot?   No.  Mail-in ballots can be placed in drop boxes up until 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.

Early, In-Person Voting

Registered voters can vote early at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections starting Tuesday, October 6 through Monday, November 2.  Times vary – please click here for more information.

 Election Day Voting

Independence residents will be able to vote at the Civic Center on November 3 between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Everyone will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Absentee ballots CANNOT be submitted at the Civic Center on Nov. 3, Election Day. If a poll worker mistakenly accepts an absentee ballot, it will not be counted.