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Dear Cuyahoga County Residents,

Please be advised that the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections’ required cancellation process of voter registration records is scheduled to take place July 17, 2013.  As a result of this process, over 38,000 voter records are scheduled to be removed from Cuyahoga County’s voter registration files, which is required by federal law. 

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) requires that each state conduct a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove the names of inactive voters from the official lists of active voters. The NVRA also requires that these inactive voters be removed no later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the date of the second federal general election in which there is no voter activity; or no later than one hundred twenty (120) days after the expiration of the four (4) year period in which the elector fails to vote, respond to a Board of Elections’ confirmation mailing, or engage in other voter activity.

In July 2009, the Board of Elections conducted the National Change of Address (NCOA) & Supplemental Confirmation Notice Mailing.  The NCOA program compares voter files with the United States Postal Service’s NCOA records to identify voters who have moved in the twenty four (24) month period since the last NCOA mailing, which was in 2007. We matched approximately 59,222 voter records with the NCOA file. Additionally, the Supplemental program included individuals who had not voted in an election during the period beginning May 8, 2007 and ending February 28, 2009 and had not engaged in any voter activity during the same period. We identified 51,512 voter records under the Supplemental program for a total of 110,734 voter records countywide.

As a result, voters identified in the NCOA and Supplemental programs were mailed a Confirmation Notice on July 17, 2009.  Any inactive voter records where the Confirmation Notice was not returned by the voter since then or the notice was returned undeliverable are now required to be cancelled.  We now have just over 38,000 voter records to cancel.  The cancellation process must take place after the four (4) year anniversary of the 2009 mailing which is July 17, 2013.

Any voter who is scheduled for removal and wishes to remain eligible to vote can confirm their status with the Board of Elections.  Voters who are on the list who wish to update their registration status may  use the online address change form or complete a new Voter Registration Card  and mail or deliver it to the Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Avenue, in Cleveland.

Registration Cards are available at public libraries, Ohio License Bureau offices, most local municipal buildings, and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. 

If you have any questions about this procedure or downloading these files, please call 216-443-6681


Pat McDonald

Anthony Perlatti
Deputy Director