VoterDrive is an effort by community members to drive voters to the polls both literally and figuratively.
We want every eligible voter in the city of Cleveland to be able to vote and have created a plan.
We will assist voters with transportation barriers by driving them to the Board of Elections to vote in person or to return their ballot.
Join our effort by "Giving a Ride" or by helping a fellow citizen "Get a Ride."
The COVID-19 Pandemic has created unique challenges for this election. Voting is a powerful and essential act and low voter turnout means that our community’s voices are not heard.
As citizens, neighbors, community members, friends, and allies, it is our responsibility to remove obstacles that keep our fellow citizens from being able to vote. This effort is a nonpartisan one, focusing on increasing voting access for community members with transportation challenges. We are grateful to be an official volunteer project of the May Dugan Center, and for the support of our many community partners.
Get A ride
What we do is simple: If you live in the city of Cleveland, we get you a ride, free of charge, so you can exercise your right to vote.
VoterDrive and our volunteer drivers can help you:
Vote Early in person at the Board of Elections after October 6th.
Drop off your ballot at the Board of Elections after October 6th.
Vote at your polling location on Election Day, November 3rd.
Voting during the COVID-19 pandemic can create challenges for everyone, VoterDrive takes your health and safety seriously. For our health and safety procedures, please click here.
VoterDrive has options for accessible transportation if you are in a wheelchair or use a walker.
If you are interested in receiving a ride for early voting or to drop off your application or ballot,
or fill out this form.
Rides will be scheduled starting after October 6th.
GIVE A Ride
VoterDrive is an effort to drive city of Cleveland neighbors with transportation barriers to the polls so they can vote safely and reliably.
We are looking for volunteers to help in the following roles:
Driving voters to and from the Board of Elections. For our COVID-19 health and safety procedures, please click here.
Scheduling and Answering Questions. This can be done remotely.
All volunteers will be trained on election-related regulations and COVID-19 health and safety procedures. For our health and safety procedures, please click here.
To register as a volunteer, please click the button below:
Any questions, or want to help in other way? Email us.
COVID-19 Health and SAfety
All volunteer drivers will have their drivers license, insurance, and driving record checked prior to driving for VoterDrive.
Prior to each volunteer shift with VoterDrive, volunteer drivers will conduct a self-health check, including: taking their temperature, and assessing whether they feel unwell. Anyone with an elevated temperature or not feeling well will not drive for VoterDrive.
At all times while driving for VoterDrive, volunteer drivers will have a mask on.
In-between each ride, the driver will sanitize all surfaces in the vehicle.
Prior to receiving a ride shift with VoterDrive, riders will be asked conduct a self-health check, including taking their temperature, and assessing whether they feel unwell. Riders with an elevated temperature or not feeling well will not be able to receive a ride and VoterDrive will work with them to plan alternative options for voting.
At all times while driving for VoterDrive, riders will have a mask on. If a rider does not have a mask, VoterDrive will be able to provide a mask.
Have a Voting Plan
A voting plan is just what it sounds like: figuring out ahead of time how and when you will vote.
The pandemic means a lot will be different about voting this year. Some polling locations are changing, and in the city of Cleveland, we are preparing for a significant uptick in mail-in ballots.
These changes mean that if voters wait until the last minute to request a ballot or figure out where their polling place is, they could discover they are unable to vote, or they might give up in the face of more complicated logistics.
We want to be sure that city of Cleveland voters get to vote.
Here's how to make your personal voting plan:
First: Make sure you're registered:
You must be registered to vote at least 30 days before an election. Every Ohioan should regularly confirm that they are properly registered to vote.
You can check your Voter Registration here
Second: How will I submit my ballot?
There are three ways to submit your ballot in the General Election of November 2020 in Cuyahoga County, Ohio:
1. Vote By Mail/Absentee:
Request a Vote By Mail Ballot here
Track your ballot request and your ballot here
Complete: After you receive your ballot, complete it. You can plan ahead by seeing a sample of your ballot here
Submit: Using TWO regular first class stamps (the ballot postage costs $0.70), mail your ballot back to the Board of Elections OR hand-deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections, as explained here
If you have questions about your Vote-by-Mail ballot request, call the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE (8683) or track the status of your ballot request at www.443vote.us.
More info about Vote By Mail:
2. Early Voting (in person) at the Board Of Elections
Cuyahoga County voters can vote in person at the Board of Elections as early as October 6, 2020. Note, we are servicing only city of Cleveland residents. Here are the hours when Early Voting can happen:
Make your plan:
What day will I go?
How will I get there?
Is anyone going with me?
NOTE: All Vote-by-Mail / Absentee ballots returned in person must be received at the Board of Elections NO LATER THAN 7:30 p.m. on November 3, 2020 in order to be counted.
3. Voting on Election Day at my polling place
Election Day is November 3, 2020 in the United States of America.
Polling places are open from 6:30 AM until 7:30pm.
Where is my polling place? Make sure you go to the correct location. Find your polling location here. There is no in-person voting at the Board of Elections on November 3, 2020.
Make your plan:
What time am I going to go?
How am I going to get there?
What do I need to take with me in case I have to wait in a long line? (Mask, hand sanitizer, water bottle, snacks, phone charger, sample ballot, meds, etc)
Third: What do I need to vote?
Ohio law requires that every voter, upon appearing at the polling place to vote on Election Day, must announce his or her full name and current address (the address at which you're registered to vote), and provide proof of identity. The forms of identification that may be used by a voter who appears at a polling place to vote on Election Day include:
An unexpired Ohio driver’s license or state identification card with present or former address, so long as the voter’s present residential address is printed in the official list of registered voters for that precinct;
A military identification;
A photo identification that was issued by the United States government or the State of Ohio, that contains the voter’s name and current address and that has an expiration date that has not passed;
(For the following forms of identification, "current" is less than 12 months old.)
An original or copy of a current utility or cell phone bill with the voter’s name and present address;
An original or copy of a current bank statement with the voter’s name and present address;
An original or copy of a current government check with the voter’s name and present address;
An original or copy of a current paycheck with the voter’s name and present address; or
An original or copy of a current other government document (other than a notice of voter registration mailed by a board of elections) that shows the voter’s name and present address, including license renewal and other notices, fishing and marine equipment operator’s license, court papers, or grade reports or transcripts.
If you do not have any of the above forms of identification you may cast a provisional ballot. To do so you must provide either your Ohio driver’s license number, state identification number (which begins with two letters followed by six numbers), or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Once the information is reviewed and verified by the board of elections, your ballot will be counted.
If you do not provide one of the above documents, your driver’s license/state identification number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number at the precinct, you will still be able to vote using a provisional ballot. However, in order for that ballot to be counted, you must return to the board of elections no later than seven days following Election Day to provide a qualifying form of identification. Follow this link for more information on provisional ballots.
Who will I vote for?
A good part of your voting plan is to know who you plan to vote for before you arrive.
You can see ahead of time what your ballot will look like here
Some useful websites when education yourself about the issues and candidates include:
Vote 411 from the League of Women Voters here
Judge for Yourself here
Frequently Asked Questions about voting in the November 2020 General Election can be found here
The following organizations and groups are supporting this non-partisan effort to increase access to voting:
Voting gives our communities the opportunity to be heard at all levels of our government, so VoterDrive sponsors caravans of vehicles driving like a parade to go to the Board of Elections.
VoterDrive hosts two kinds of Voter Caravans:
VoterDrive Riders Caravans - By arrangement through VoterDrive, 5-10 VoterDrive volunteer drivers will show up at a chosen location (apartment building, senior center, community center, etc) to pick up voters at that location, take them to the BOE, and then bring them back to the original site. These caravans can be arranged through VoterDrive--let us know if your group or building would like to arrange for a VoterDrive caravan (email VoterDriveCle@gmail.com or call us for more info.)
Community Caravans - Voters bring their completed Vote By Mail ballots, line up their vehicles at a pre-determined location, and drive caravan-style to drop off their ballots at the Board of Elections. It's a fun way to get to the polls together as a community! Some upcoming Community Caravans include:
Meet at West 14th and Abbey Ave in the parking lot under the highway.