News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.

Cuyahoga County Now Using Electronic Pollbooks

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections logoIf you will be voting in the 9/12/17 Primary Election in Cuyahoga County, and have not voted since before the 5/2/17 Primary Election, you will see a new feature at the polls.  Electronic pollbooks were tested in many precincts for the 5/2/17 Primary Election, but electronic pollbooks will be used throughout all of Cuyahoga County for the 9/12/17 Primary Election.  Electronic pollbooks are handheld tablets used to check in voters, and each electronic pollbook has the record of every voter in the county.  Poll workers can check in voters by scanning the voter’s driver’s license or state ID, or by doing a manual name search.  [Voters must provide proof of identify when checking in – see the Ohio Secretary of State voter Identification Requirements page.]  Each electronic pollbook is synced to other units at the polling location – when a voter checks in on one unit, all units at that location are updated.  For additional information, see the Cuyahoga County Electronic Poll Books page and Electronic Pollbook Training Videos page.

May 10th Cuyahoga County Mock Election To Test Electronic Pollbooks

Cuyahoga County Board of Elections LogoThe Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) is conducting a Mock Election 1pm-3pm, Tuesday 5/10/16, at its main building – 2925 Euclid Avenue, in downtown Cleveland.  This Mock Election is being conducted to do a head-to-head comparison of electronic pollbook products from two vendors.  You need an Ohio Driver’s License or State ID to participate, and can register/rsvp to participate here.  The BOE states “Electronic poll books will affect the way elections are administered in Cuyahoga County.  Before making such a significant investment, the Board of Elections must determine which model of electronic poll book – combined with software requirements – can best meet the needs of our unique voting population.”  Many Ohio counties already use electronic pollbooks (see E-pollbooks by County), and the Ohio 2016-2017 Fiscal Year budget appropriated $12,750,000 for electronic pollbooks (see page 14 of Budget in Detail, Am. Sub. H.B. 64, 131st General Assembly).  The Ohio Secretary of State issued Advisory 2013-04 on “Statewide Standards for County Boards of Elections Purchasing Electronic Pollbooks” on 8/14/13, and the Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners adopted Standards Governing the Examination and Certification of Electronic Pollbooks for Use in Ohio Elections on 2/6/14.  Interestingly, the 2/19/16 Ohio Secretary of State Directive 2016-04 states “Any county board of elections that has not deployed electronic pollbooks in a countywide election by the March 15, 2016 Presidential Primary Election may not deploy them for the first time in any precinct or polling location on Election Day for the November 8, 2016 General Election.”

Election Law Resources

The 2012 Presidential Election is less than 2 weeks away, and both candidates have been hitting Ohio hard for votes.  If you are interested in learning more about this election or election law in general, check out the following resources!

Election Law @ Moritz, provided by The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, is an up-to-date resource on election law including some hot topics for Ohioans.

The Supreme Court and Election Law: Judging Equality from Baker v. Carr to Bush v. Gore [find it] is a comprehensive study on the role the Supreme Court has played in election law disputes over the years.

America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights [find it] is a guide to America’s electoral practices, problems, and most current issues.

Understanding the Fundamentals of the U.S. Presidential Election System [find it] is a discussion of the underlying principles of the U.S. election system and the proposals to change it.

Looking for something else on voting or election law? Check out our research guide or search Scholar!


LPO Ballot Access & 10/26/11 Election Law Class

image of "vote here" signOn 7 September 2011, Judge Algenon L. Marbley, of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, granted a preliminary injunction to the Libertarian Party of Ohio (LPO), protecting the Party’s ballot access through 2012 and enjoining the State of Ohio from “enforcing H.B. 194’s changes to O.R.C. §§ 3501.01(E) and 3517.01(A)(1).”  On 26 October 2011, Kevin Knedler, LPO Chair, and Mark Brown, Mr. Knedler’s attorney and Capital University Law School Newton D. Baker/Baker & Hostetler Chair of Law, will be guest speakers in S. Candice Hoke‘s Election Law class (1:20pm, Room 208).  C|M|Law students not taking this class are invited to attend, and should contact Karen Isobe to reserve a seat.


10 Changes to Ohio Election Law

For a good article clearly summarizing the proposed changes to Ohio election law, see Jessica Alaimo, 10 Changes Coming to Ohio Elections, The News-Messenger, June 25, 2011.  The pending bills include:

  • HB 159 – Photo Id. Required to Vote.
  • HB 194 – Numerous other changes.

The above links are to the Ohio Legislature’s web page, which includes the text of the bill, bill status, Legislative Service Commission Analysis, Fiscal Notes and Synopsis of Committee Amendments.  Ohio Capitol Connection, has more information, including Hannah News reports and hearing summaries (under the Bill History link).