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EAST CLEVELAND — Backers of studying whether financially struggling East Cleveland should be annexed to Cleveland took a big step.

Mayor Gary Norton turned in to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Wednesday afternoon.

The job of getting the needed number of signatures and the right signatures may have been more daunting than expected.

Wednesday afternoon, the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections said it has received approximately 1,600 petition signatures for the East Cleveland annexation issue and has begun the work on their verification.

According to State law, (ORC 709.22 – 709.37) at least 559 valid signatures are required to initiate the annexation process that would conclude with the City of East Cleveland becoming part of the City of Cleveland.

Pat McDonald, Director of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections expects the signature verification process to be completed by the end of this week.

In order for a signature to be valid the voter must have cast a ballot in the last municipal election and be a resident of the City: (R.C. 709.24).

“If the number of required signatures is reached and certified, it will then be up to the elected officials of East Cleveland to move the process forward,” said McDonald.



Article and Picture Courtesy of WKYC Channel 3 News Cleveland

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