Board of Elections Changes 3 Polling Locations in Cleveland Heights
Voters who cast their ballots at Severance Towers, Oxford Elementary School or Boulevard Elementary School will move to new locations.
Voters who cast their ballots at Severance Towers will move to Cleveland Heights City Hall, Oxford voters will go to Caledonia Elementary School and Boulevard folks will move to the Cleveland Heights Community Center, according to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
Because the Community Center is a new polling location, Cleveland Heights now has 16 places to vote instead of 18 and the same number of voters and precincts — 34,317 registered and divided into 37 precincts.
The BOE has moved some other precincts as well to try and reduce congestion, said Erich Stubbs, election official for the BOE. The changes are listed in a document and map included with this article and provided by the BOE. Both documents are drafts that were approved by Cleveland Heights City Council but are not updated on the BOE website, Stubbs said.
The official information will be available online most likely after Labor Day, he said.
The Oxford location was changed because a ramp doesn't meet ADA requirements, Stubbs said.
Boulevard voters were moved because the parking lot is far from the building, and though it wasn't an "ADA ding," it will be more convenient for customers, Stubbs explained.
Severance was closed in an attempt to reduce the number of polling locations in the city, he said. More changes will likely be implemented in 2013, but Stubbs said they didn't want to change too much during a presidential election year.
Voters will be notified via mail twice that their location has changed, and election officials will display signs at each of the closed polling locations to tell them they vote somewhere else with contact information if there is any confusion.