Election Day power outages not impacting the polls

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CLEVELAND- More than 3,000 First Energy customers lost power Tuesday morning.

Most of the people affected are in Cuyahoga County.

Fox 8 reached out to the Board of Elections.

They say no precincts are affected.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections told us the Old Town Hall in Strongsville lost power.

However, the polls opened on time for early voting. Workers there got things opened with a generator until full power was restored to the building.

Despite the storm and widespread power outages only one voting location was affected.

“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.

They also told Fox 8 electronic poll books and ballot scanners can utilize battery power, so despite the inconvenience of the outage, they say it doesn’t affect voting.

Cleveland Power is responding to outages in Ohio City.

A company spokesperson tells Fox 8 no polls are affected.

Polls opened at 6:30 a.m. and close at 7:30 p.m.

If your power is out, you can stay up to date on the Fox 8 livestream.