Today is Election Day

James W. Wade III | 11/5/2013, 8:21 a.m.
Today is the day your cast your vote for various races, including the Mayor of the city of Cleveland.

The polls will be open in Cuyahoga County from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Voting started last month at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections where the director said they’re ready for Tuesday. “We have 1,047 precincts in Cuyahoga County with 410 voting locations that people will show-up and vote,” said Pat McDonald.

It is an off-year election and county officials don’t expect the turnout to be high, according to McDonald. “We’ve had over 100,000 people request vote by mail ballots, but only about 75% of those have been returned to date.”

A lot of people will be focused on two Council races that include TJ Dow and Basheer Jones and Eugene Miller and Jeff Johnson. This year has produced some of the most interesting council races to say the least. It all began with the redistricting of the wards on Cleveland’s east side. As a result, many have spoken out calling the redistricting a ploy to have Blacks fight against each other and eliminate those who speak out on council.

This philosophy has reared an ugly head in the highly contested race between Jeff Johnson and Eugene Miller for the new Ward 10.

The map was drafted by Council President Martin Sweeney, a move that was deemed as a way to reward Miller for his loyalty. This tipped the first Dominoe and caused Johnson to come out with his gloves on.

The way Sweeney carved the district, Johnson would have been forced to run against Kevin Conwell. But on the contrary, Johnson switched gears and decided to take on Miller. Miller, who has been in the media lately for various problems, is a man who is not afraid of a challenge. Miller notified the board in late June that he had moved outside the East Side ward he represents, to a residence on East 114th Street. After questions came up about whether he would have to forfeit his council position, Miller – several days later – notified the elections board that he was changing his address back to Kelso Avenue in Ward 10. Miller said his first address change was to establish residency in the redrawn Ward 10. The city’s governing charter states that council members must surrender their seats if they move outside their wards.

There are approximately 890,000 registered voters in Cuyahoga County.