Office of Civic Engagement

Election Resources and Information

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​​​​​​​Important 2021 Election Dates and Deadlines 

MAY PRIMARY

  • Registration Deadline: April 5, 2021
  • Election Date: May 4, 2021

AUGUST SPECIAL ELECTION 

  • Registration Deadline: July 6, 2021
  • Election Date: August 3, 2021

GENERAL ELECTION DAY

  • Registration Deadline: October 4, 2021
  • Election Date: November 2, 2021

OCE Inauguration Day Slide​​​​​​​

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Thomas Jefferson was the first President to have his Inauguration in Washington, D.C.
  • ​​​​​​​Presidential Inaugurations took place in March until 1937. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first President to be sworn in on January 20th.
    President Obama's first Inauguration had the largest attendance, with 1.8 million spectators.
  • President Truman's Inauguration in 1949 was the first to be televised.
  • President Reagan's second Inauguration was the coldest in history, the high temperature for the day was 7 degrees.
  • President Clinton's second Inauguration in 1997 was the first to be live streamed online.
  • President George W. Bush's first Inauguration was the first Inauguration to take place in the 21st Century.
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​​​​​​​OCE Local Elections 2021​​​​​​​

It is common for local elections to receive a lower level of attention and participation from voters after a major election year, like we just had, that dominates the news cycle. However, local elections are extremely important to remain civically engaged in. Take a look at the list below to see a preview of some of the exciting local and state civic events and opportunities happening this year.

  1. The Cleveland Mayoral Race
  2. The May 2021 Primary for Local Races throughout Ohio
  3. The Special Election for Ohio's 11th Congressional District
  4. The November 2021 General Election for Local Races throughout Ohio
  5. Serve as an Election Day Poll Worker in the May Primary, the Special Election, or the General Election
  6. Join the CSU LWV Student Organization
  7. Serve as an America Reads Tutor or Viking Corps Student Worker

​​​​​​​Get a Free Bike or E-Scooter Ride to the Polls CSU Vikes!

In 2016, transportation problems were cited as the reason that 4.5 million Americans did not vote. Transportation issues should never interfere with a person’s ability to exercise their right to vote! The OCE wants to ensure that every voter, especially students, has the opportunity to participate in this election. Thanks to our partners, we can now help eliminate this obstacle.

The CSU Office of Civic Engagement and the CSU Office of Sustainability are proud to partner with Bird and North American Bikeshare Association’s (NABSA) Roll to the Polls initiative to get out the vote by helping registered voters make their voices heard in 2020 through free bike and e-scooter rides to the polls. 

The OCE is excited to get this offer and information out to the Cleveland State University campus community. Our Office recommends that it you do require transportation to your polling place this year to visit: https://www.bird.co/blog/bird-nabsa-roll-to-the-polls-2020-election/ to get your ride set up. Simply enter code, VOTE2020, on Election Day to receive a free Bird ride up to 30 minutes on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. The discount code is valid for US riders only. ​​​​​​​


​​​​​​​Recommended Non-Partisan Resources on Candidates, Elections, and Voting 

1. Ballotpedia: https://ballotpedia.org/Main_Page 
Ballotpedia is a non-partisan database with information on elections, candidates, and voting. Candidate’s biographies, positions held, and issue stances are all included in this database. 

2. The Ohio Secretary of State’s Website: https://www.sos.state.oh.us 
The Ohio Secretary of State is the chief election official for the State of Ohio. This website contains election day information, resources to register to vote or update your registration online, and forms for absentee ballot requests. This website is an excellent resource for Ohio residents. 

​​​​​​​3. The League of Women Voters: https://www.lwv.org 
The League of Women Voters is a resource for men and women to obtain non-partisan information and resources about: registering to vote, finding your polling place, information about your ballot, and current issue information.

4. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections: https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/ 
A great non-partisan local election resources for residents of Cuyahoga County and the State of Ohio. 

5. The Federal Election Commission: https://www.fec.gov 
A non-partisan national resource for campaign finance information, election law, and important election related dates, and deadlines.

6. VOTE411: www.VOTE411.org  
A non-partisan online voter guide that includes information on candidates and issues, both local and national.

7. VoteRiders: www.VoteRiders.org
A non-profit organization that can assist with questions related to what is considered an acceptable form of ID to cast a ballot in not only an Ohio election but any other state. 

8. Vote.org: https://www.vote.org/
Vote.org is a national non-partisan resource for those seeking information on election day information, resources to register to vote or update your registration online, and forms for absentee ballot requests. This is an excellent resource for those who reside outside of Ohio. 


The OCE Wants CSU Students to Make a Plan to Vote

After reviewing the information and resources above, you are now ready to Make a Plan to Vote! Review the steps below to know what to expect when you cast you ballot this year. 

1. Decide if you want to vote by mail or vote in person. Remember, if you choose to vote by mail, the deadline to request a mail in ballot is, Saturday October 31st at 12:00 p.m. If you plan to vote in person, make sure you locate your polling precinct (resources listed above to help you find your polling precinct).

2. Make sure to have the proper materials handy for voting by mail or for in person voting. 

a. For voting by mail, you will need your Ohio Driver’s License/ State ID OR your social security number. Make sure to have the proper postage to mail your ballot back to your local board of elections. All mail in ballots must be postmarked in Ohio by November 2nd, 2020. 

b. If you plan to vote in person, make sure to bring an approved ID (www.VoteRiders.org listed above is where to find a list of approved IDs), as well as, a face mask and hand sanitizer. Plan to possibly have a wait in line to cast your ballot in person.  Give yourself an hour window, at minimum, to ensure you have plenty of time. Polling places in Ohio will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., on November 3rd, 2020. As long as you are in line to vote by 7:30 p.m., you CANNOT be turned away from your polling place. 

3. When the time comes to cast your ballot, make sure you are aware of the proper procedure to do so. If you are voting by mail, use blue or black ink to fill out your ballot and make sure to follow the enclosed instructions carefully to ensure you complete all required steps. If you are voting in person, be prepared to vote via paper ballot or electronic voting machine. Poll workers will be available to assist you if you have any questions at your in-person polling location. 

For more information about OCE at CSU please contact Anita Ruf-Young, Program Coordinator and Interim Director, Office of Civic Engagement at ​​​​​​​a.rufyoung@csuohio.edu, view our recent news, or follow us on Twitter (@CSUcivic), Instagram (csucivicengagement) or Facebook (Office of Civic Engagement at Cleveland State University).


Office of Civic Engagement Partners

OCE partners with numerous local, state, and national non-partisan voter and civic engagement organizations so that we can engage and connect CSU students to information and opportunities in these areas. 

All In Campus Democracy ChallengeBird​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Campus Election Engagement Project 
Campus Vote ProjectCleveland Public Library
 Davis Aerospace and Maritme League of Women Voters​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​National Voter Registration Day ​​​​​​​Northeast Ohio Voter Advocates​​​​​​​