Covered by Documenter Tim Zelina (notes)
Ramping up security
Security updates aimed at preventing cyberattacks are coming to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. New guidelines from Ohio’s Secretary of State require that Board of Elections staff undergo assessments by the Department of Homeland Security to determine system vulnerabilities to cyber risks such as phishing scams. Deputy Director Anthony Kaloger said that the state will give each county up to $10,000 to meet these goals.
Caught in a jam
Kaloger gave an update on efforts to prevent jamming in ballot machines. He said that the likely problem was the ballot door getting stuck and that the Sept. 12 primaries in Garfield Heights and Maple Heights would be an opportunity to test solutions.
One proposed fix? Taping the ballot door open.
Out of the race
County Council Member Martin Sweeney withdrew from the race for Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk. This means that Sweeney is able to remain in his seat on County Council until his term ends in 2027.
October 10 is the last day you can register to vote before the November 7 election. You can register for the first time or update your registration online if you have an Ohio ID. If not, you can complete a voter registration form in-person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.