Primary vote establishes party affiliation

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has launched the “Join the Party” voter education campaign. The goal of the campaign is to make sure voters do not miss this opportunity to join the political party of their choice or to be a nonpartisan voter. In Ohio, the only method voters may utilize to establish or change their party affiliation is by voting in a partisan primary election. People may also choose to vote an issues-only ballot if they prefer to be considered a nonpartisan voter.

Last year over 150,000 Democrats and nearly 27,000 Republicans lost their party affiliation because they did not vote in a primary election for more than two years. “This makes voting in the March 15 election extremely important for people who want to be affiliated with a political party,” said Pat McDonald, director of the Board of Elections. “People who don’t vote in March may not get another chance for two years to establish or to change their party affiliation. I encourage everyone to join the party and vote,” said McDonald.

The ballot choices for voters are: Democrat, Republican, Green, Issues-only, and other.

The Board also encourages voters stay up-to-date on election information by signing up for VoterNotify emails and/or text messages on the Board’s website, VoterNotify messages will include: reminders of important deadlines, confirmation that the voter's ballot has been mailed by the Board and also when the completed ballot has been received, and reminders to vote early or on Election Day.

Mike West

Media and Voter Education Specialist Cuyahoga County Board of Elections

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.16.2016