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Only one voting location affected by power outages; voters still able to cast their ballots

Posted: 8:53 AM, Nov 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 09:23:06-05
Only 1 voting location affected by power outages
Only 1 voting location affected by power outages

The storm that rolled through Monday night in parts of Northeast Ohio caused widespread power outages. In Cuyahoga County, only one voting location was affected, Mike West, spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections confirmed Tuesday morning.

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The Old Town Hall in Strongsville, 18825 Royalton Road, lost power Monday night. Despite the lack of electricity, the polls opened on time for voting and the location was supplied with power by a generator until full power was restored to the building.

As of 9:00 a.m., FirstEnergy reported 1,677 power outages, mainly affecting those living in Parma Heights, Shaker Heights and Cleveland Heights. Find the full list here .

"I am proud of our staff and the poll workers who were able to handle the situation.  Voters were able to cast their ballots under these circumstances with no interruptions," said Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Voting in Cuyahoga County does not require electricity as electronic poll books and ballot scanners can utilize battery power. The paper optical scan ballots that are used by voters do not require power.