NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRIMARY: April 28, 2020

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NEW DATE FOR OHIO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2020
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What you need to know:
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On Wednesday, March 25th, the Ohio Legislature voted to extend the Ohio Primary Election through April 28.  This action supersedes and replaces the June 2nd directive by Governor DeWine.

The April 28th election will be conducted exclusively through mailed-in absentee ballotsThere will be no in-person voting for this primary election, though exceptions are being made in certain cases.  For complete background, see an article in the Ohio Capital Journal HERE.

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YOU HAVE ALREADY VOTED:
Nothing further needs to be done.  Your ballot has been retained and it will be counted on April 28th.  You can track your ballot on the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE

YOU HAVE NOT VOTED:
Vote by mail is a two-step process:

1) You must submit an APPLICATION to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections (BOE) to obtain a ballot. The BOE verifies that you are eligible to vote through the application.

2) After verification, you will receive a blank BALLOT in the mail from the BOE.

The ballot must be postmarked by April 27 to count.

Please note: You must be proactive to receive an application.  One will NOT automatically be sent  to you.

HOW DO I OBTAIN AN APPLICATION?
There are three ways that you can obtain the vote-by-mail APPLICATION:

1) Download and print the application from the Board of Elections website HERE

2) Contact the Board of Elections and ask them to mail the application to you.  Call the BOE at (216) 443-8683

3) Send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org.  We would be happy to drop-off the application at your home while practicing social distancing.

HOW DO I OBTAIN A BALLOT?
You must first submit an APPLICATION before you can receive a ballot.  Please see above.

CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?
If you missed the original February 18 voter registration deadline, you are not eligible to vote in this primary election.  Even though the date of the election has changed, the deadline for registration has not changed.  We will keep you posted if/when there are any updates on this issue.

I HAVE QUESTIONS
If you have any questions about vote-by-mail, please send us an email at submit@rockyriverdems.org and we’ll respond promptly.

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. Remember to vote your complete ballot, including for judicial candidates!  See the sample ballot of endorsed candidates, below.  Please ignore the March 16 on or before date.


Assistance for Seniors, Volunteer, Ohio Primary, 3/31 Meeting Cancelled

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UPDATES:

* Local Assistance For Seniors
* Volunteers Needed
* Ohio Primary Election
* Club Meeting Cancelled

 

LOCAL ASSISTANCE FOR SENIORS

Rocky River Senior Center
Seniors in need of grocery or prescription delivery can contact staff at 440-899-6665.  Click HERE for additional information.

For updates from the City of Rocky River, click HERE


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:

Rocky River/Lakewood Meals on Wheels
The program is in need of kitchen volunteers to work 8:30 a.m. to noon, days are flexible, under the direction of the head cook.  Contact Bob Burns, Volunteer Coordinator, at 216-288-5892.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank
The organization is in need of volunteers for food packing and sorting, kitchen help, distribution and more.  They are currently following the recommendations of the CDC/Ohio Department of Health.  For complete information on how you can help, click HERE or call 216-738-2053.

Your Favorite Charity or Non-Profit
Contact your favorite organization to learn whether they need volunteers or assistance.


OHIO PRIMARY ELECTION

On March 17th, the Ohio Democratic Party (ODP) filed legal action regarding the Ohio Primary.  For complete information, click HERE.  Key points of the legal action are:

1) the ODP factually asserts that the Executive Branch of the Government of the State of Ohio does not have the authority to set elections; the authority resides with the General Assembly
2) the ODP is seeking to allow absentee ballot voting through a final date of April 28th

Complete details can be found in the link, above.

Under the current directives set by the Ohio Governor and  the Ohio Director of Health, absentee ballots must be postmarked by June 1st; and in-person voting will take place on June 2nd.  Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website HERE for complete information.

We will provide further updates when the legal case is resolved.


CLUB MEETING CANCELLED

The Rocky River Democratic Club meeting scheduled on Tuesday, March 31, 7 PM at the Library is cancelled.

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