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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

You Can Obsessively Track Cleveland Voter Turnout With This Live Precinct Map

Posted By on Tue, Sep 14, 2021 at 2:55 PM

click to enlarge (C) ANGELO TRIVISONNO
  • (c) Angelo Trivisonno
The polls don't close until 7:30 Tuesday evening, but throughout the afternoon, you can do the same thing anxious political reporters do: watch voter turnout numbers live as they trickle in from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

This year, as Clevelanders await the results of the most pivotal mayoral election in at least 20 years, Ohio City's Angelo Trivisonno has created an interactive precinct map using BOE data. It illustrates, via color code, areas of the city where voter turnout is strongest. Updated every minute, the map is an addictive tool and factual reprieve as you peruse Twitter for election day coverage and hot takes. It's also fun to measure your own precinct's civic engagement against neighboring ones.



As of roughly 2 p.m. turnout remains highest in Ward 17, the southwesternmost corner of the city that includes Kamm's Corners. Ward 1 (Lee-Harvard) and Ward 13 (Old Brooklyn) occupy the second tier, but at roughly 13% turnout are still some ways behind.

Turnout is of course always much weaker in municipal elections than in presidential years, but voters this year — with a strong field of candidates to choose from and no Frank Jackson — are likely to surpass 2o17's dismal turnout of about 13%. In Wards 3 and 15, (representing downtown and the near west side), more votes have already been cast than in 2017.

The candidates and their armies of volunteers can be spotted at polling locations across town, making last-minute pitches and distributing literature to voters from a legal distance. With limited polling, the outcome of the race remains difficult to predict, and if results are close enough that provisional ballots would make a different in the outcome, we may not even know the top two vote getters by the end of the night. As Clevleand.com reports, that would be unlikely, but not impossible. 

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