City of Cleveland Primary Election is set for September 14, 2021
(Plain Press, September 2021) The date for the Primary Election in the City of Cleveland is set for September 14, 2021. Cleveland registered voters will be able to vote for their choice of mayoral candidates and city council candidates with primary races. Ballots are available in both English and Spanish. To view a sample ballot before you vote visit: www.boe.cuyahogacounty.gov.
The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland has published a voter guide for the Primary Election in which candidate profiles and interviews are included. Copies are available for free in local libraries and other locations around the community.
There are seven candidates for Mayor of Cleveland competing in the primary election: Justin Bibb, Ross DiBello, Basheer S. Jones, Kevin Kelley, Dennis J. Kucinich, Zack Reed and Sandra Williams. The top two finishers in the primary election will advance to the general election in November.
City Council Primary Elections will be held in City Council wards where there are more than two candidates competing to serve as City Council Representative. In the areas served by the Plain Press, City Council Primary Elections will be held in Wards 3, 11 and 12. In Wards 13, 14, 15 and 16 there will be no City Council Primary because there are two or less candidates running. In those wards voters will just weigh in on the mayor’s race.
In Ward 3 there are three candidates competing in the Primary Election: Ayat Amin, Kerry McCormack, and Mike Rogalski.
In Ward 11 there are three candidates competing in the City Council Primary Election: Michael Hardy, Brian Mooney and Donna Woods.
In Ward 12 there are four candidates competing in the City Council Primary Election: Anthony Brancatelli, Rebecca Maurer, Tawayne McGee, and Shalira Taylor.
Polls will be open on election day from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early voting is also available at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue on weekdays until September 3 in person voting hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.; on weekdays from September 6 to September 10, hours are from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.; on Saturday, September 11, hours will be from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.; on Sunday September 12, hours are from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and on Monday September 13, hours are from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m..
Voters can also request an absentee ballot. Call the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683) to request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is three days before the election, but voters can submit their application any time. If mailed, absentee ballots must be postmarked by the day before the election in order to be counted. You can also return your absentee ballot in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, 2925 Euclid Avenue, before the close of the polls at 7:30 p.m. on Election Day.