Cleveland residents need to be engaged all year round, not just at election time, and shown that their involvement can make a real difference in improving their communities. That’s one of the key takeaways of a poll released this week by Policy Matters Ohio, Cleveland Votes and other organizations ahead of the Tues., Nov. 2 election.
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Civic engagement and voter turnout throughout Cleveland’s wards have been a mixed bag going into the primary election. Mail ballot requests and returns have generally increased citywide from where they lagged in 2017. And some progressive newcomers say their grassroots campaigns have seen on-the-ground interest in city council elections, but some of their incumbent counterparts remain wary.