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Haven't Voted Yet? You're in the Minority

Nearly 8,000 Lakewood residents have already cast their ballots.

People who go to the polls on Election Day are quickly becoming the minority in Lakewood.

Almost a quarter of all registered Lakewood voters have already cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.

A report from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections shows that as of Sunday, 8,967 Lakewood residents had requested vote-by-mail ballots, and 7,194 had already returned them.

While turnout at the polls on Tuesday isn't yet known, it's clear that a significant percentage of Lakewood voters will cast ballots by mail in this Presidential election.

Voting by mail has been increasing in popularity here.

Compare this year’s tally with the 2011 general election, when about 4,181 requested absentee ballots and of those, 3,680 cast ballots by mail.

The trend has changed the way candidates and supporters campaign for races and issues.  

Campaigns have to start weeks earlier than they used to because a last-minute push would only reach about 20 percent of the participating voters.

Absentee ballot applications were mailed to all Cuyahoga County residents for this election after the county and state battled and reached an agreement.

There are 36,507 registered voters in Lakewood, according to the Board of Elections.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections reported on its Facebook page that Sunday was a “busy day” for early voting. As of 5 p.m., 1,798 people had voted at the Board of Elections.

“We are not done yet,” according to the post. “Everyone who was in line as of 5 p.m. will be able to vote (Sunday). The Board will be open for early voting Monday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.”

Joe J November 05, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I agree with Barbara. I don't think we are the minority and the numbers will probably show that. However, election day is always a sad day for me. I've lived in Lakewood for 15 years and absolutely love the city, yet it's unfortunate to see how many of my neighbors and friends flock to the democratic party platform. But that is the beauty of America, everyone gets their opportunity to cast their vote. If you think your life has gotten significantly better over the last four years, I believe you should vote that way. If you think that not much has really changed in the last four years with respect to our economy, our place in the world, and your family's current situation then you should vote that way. One way or another, JUST GO VOTE!
Michael Rice November 05, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Joe, what are you talking about? What does loving the city and having your friends and neighbors flock to the democratic party platform have to do with one another? Joe lets talk about the last 12 years, stop focusing on the last 4. The last 4 were hit with a recession and war. The unemployment rate increased from 4% to nearly 8% when Bush left office. Obama came into a mess already. Open your eyes and stop trying to blame one man. This is the work of both parties. Get real!
Joe J November 05, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Brian, you missed my point. I referenced the demoncratic party platform. If you believe in the Great Liberal Socitey philosophy dating back 60 plus years ago that is fine. I believe in individual accountability with our government to merely act as a background structure for each of us to express our individual liberty.
Michael Rice November 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Joe, I didn't miss your point because you have yet to make one. I believe in equal opportunity for everyone. I believe everyone should pay their fair portion of taxes. I also believe, as a Catholic, I have a repsonsbility to take care of my brothers and sisters who struggle. I don't believe in handouts or people talking advantage of the system. Call it what you want; I call it being a good Steward.
Barbara November 06, 2012 at 09:32 PM
OK....NOBODY got my point. It was not a political statement, but a commentary on skewed reporting. If one quarter of Lakewood's voters opted to vote early, that does NOT constitute a majority. I was referencing the headline and actual numbers, folks! And Joe: with crazy rantings like you've posted, I prefer that you don't agree with me again....EVER.

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