Election 2016 results – turnout varies widely in precincts in Plain Press service area
(Plain Press, December 2016) Voters approved all three issues on the ballot in Cleveland this November. Of the three issues, the half percent hike in the payroll tax won by the smallest margin winning 51.36% to 48.64%, with 64,439 yes votes to 61,021 no votes.
The proposed changes in the Police Review Board received the largest margin of victory, winning 70.45% of the vote with 80,465 yes votes and 33,750 no votes.
The renewal of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District levy won 67.92 percent of the vote with 89,075 yes votes and 42,080 no votes.
In Cuyahoga County the voter turnout was 69.24% with 617,350 people voting out of 891,568 registered voters. The total number of people who voted in Cuyahoga County was less than in the last two presidential races with 650,437 people voting in 2012 and 672,750 voting in 2008.
Turnout in precincts in City Council Wards in the Plain Press service area varied widely from precinct to precinct.
In Councilman Kerry McCormack’s Ward 3, Precinct F had the highest turnout with 69.55 percent of registered voters coming to vote at their polling place at Tremont Elementary School. The lowest turnout in Ward 3 was in Precinct S where only 35.11 percent of registered voters came to vote at the Salvation Army on Clark Avenue.
In Councilman Brian Cummins’ Ward 14, the precinct with the highest turnout was Precinct K where 51.59 percent of registered voters voted. The polling place was the Fulton Branch Library. The lowest turnout in Ward 14 was in Precinct O, with just 35.62 percent of registered voters making the effort to vote. The polling place was Lincoln West High School.
In Councilman Matt Zone’s Ward 15, the highest turnout was in Precinct B where 69.29 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The polling place was Louisa May Alcott School at 10308 Baltic Road. The precinct with the lowest turnout in Ward 15 was Precinct F with 38.91 percent of registered voters casting ballots. The polling place was Michael Zone Recreation Center.
In Councilman Anthony Brancatelli’s Ward 12, the highest turnout was in Old Brooklyn’s Precinct P where 76.60 percent of voters cast a ballot. Their polling place was at the Brooklyn Hts UN Church of Christ at 2005 Schaaf Road. The lowest turnout in Ward 12 was in Precinct D in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood where only 38.86 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. The polling place was Denison Elementary School.
In Dona Brady’s Ward 11, the highest voter turnout was in Precinct P, where 61.15 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. Their polling place was Almira School at 3375 W. 99th Street. The lowest voter turnout in Ward 11 was in Precinct D, where 40 percent of registered voters cast a ballot. The polling place was Beit Hanna Social Hall at 10301 Lorain Avenue.
In Brian Kazy’s Ward 16, the precinct with the highest voter turnout was Precinct C, with 68.59 percent of registered voters casting a ballot. The polling place was the West Side Hungarian Reformed Church at 15300 Puritas. The lowest voter turnout in Ward 16 was in Precinct E, where 54.14 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The polling place was the West Park Slovenian Home at 4583 W. 130.
In the Presidential Election in Cuyahoga County Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine received 65.41 percent of the votes cast or 398,271 votes. Donald Trump and Michael Pence received 30.25 percent of the votes cast or 184,211 votes. Gary Johnson and William Weld received 12,993 votes or 2.13 percent of the votes cast. Jill Stein and Ajamu Baraka received 5,242 votes or .86 percent of the votes cast. Richard Duncan and Ricky Johnson received 1,878 votes or .31 percent of the votes cast. Various write in votes amounted to 6,278 votes or 1.03 percent of the votes cast.
Hillary Clinton received the majority of votes in all the precincts in Wards 3, 11, 12, 14 ,15 and 16. However Donald Trump did receive a significant number of votes in some precincts.
In Ward 3, the highest vote totals for both Clinton and Trump occurred in Precinct L (Polling Place: Old Stone Church – Public Square) with 666 votes for Clinton and 216 for Trump.
In Ward 11, the highest vote totals for both Clinton and Trump occurred in Precinct P (Polling Place: Almira School) with 491 votes for Clinton and 164 for Trump.
In Ward 12 the highest vote totals for both Clinton and Trump occurred in Precinct B (Polling place: Valley Road Villa) with 485 votes for Clinton and 150 for Trump.
In Ward 14, the highest vote total for Clinton came from Precinct L (Polling Place: New Life Center, 3340 Trowbridge) where she bested Trump by a vote of 391 to 69. Trump’s highest vote total in Ward 14 came in Precinct J (Polling Place: also at New Life Center), where Clinton still received the most votes 381 to 111.
In Ward 15, Clinton’s highest vote total came in Precinct C (Polling Place: Louisa May Alcott) with 576 Clinton votes to 129 Trump votes. Trump’s highest total came in Precinct B (also at Louisa May Alcott) which had 148 Trump votes to 475 Clinton votes.
In Ward 16, two precincts tied for most votes for Clinton with Precinct C (Polling place: Westside Hungarian Reformed Church) having 404 Clinton votes and 169 Trump Votes and Precinct K (polling place: Garfield Elementary School, 3800 W. 140th) having 404 Clinton votes to 181 Trump votes. Trump received his highest vote totals in Precinct C (Polling place: Westside Hungarian Reformed Church) where he received 193 votes and Clinton received 287 votes.
Editor’s Note: Final vote totals and locations of polling places used in this article are from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website. Readers wishing to check totals from their precinct can go to the website boe.cuyahogacounty.us and click on View Results under the November 8, 2016 Election. Precinct totals are available under “Official results by precinct.”