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Large group of Issue 17 Supporters smiling and holding signs

We Need Your Help – Poll Greeters

We need your help on November 7 to help us staff poll greeter spots at high turnout polling locations. You can select your location using our handy sign up. Make sure you include your t-shirt size (we will try to get your size but quantities are limited, first come first serve)! You can grab your sign from your front yard or use one provided. Our volunteers will assemble your poll greeter kit to include a shirt, literature to hand out if people would like, and some fun orange swag to pick up prior to your shift.

Poll Greeting Tips

  • When should poll greeters be present? We recommend having coverage during the busiest
    times, at a minimum. Typically, polls are busiest from 7 – 9 am, 11 am – 1 pm, and 5 – 7 pm.
  • What literature should poll greeters pass out? We would recommend passing out overruns of
    any of the mailers. It’s not necessary for all volunteers to pass out the same literature.
  • What should poll greeters wear? Comfortable shoes, layers of clothing, sunscreen, and an
    umbrella or raincoat, incase of inclement weather. Campaign branded apparel such as t-shirts
    provide great visibility for the campaign. Please note that campaign apparel may not be worn
    within 100 ft of the polling place entrance; if you need to enter the polling place, apparel must be
    taken off or covered up.
  • What should poll greeters say to voters? Smile, hand them a piece of lit (if using) and say,
    “Please support Issue 17, which supports disabilities services in Summit County!” or it may be
    helpful to have a notecard with basic answers to FAQs handy. However, you can be assured that
    most voters aren’t looking to chat.
  • Where should poll greeters stand? Polling locations will have markers (usually cones or flags)
    marking the 100 ft mark from the entrance to the polls. You can stand anywhere beyond those
    designated points. If you have questions on where to stand, the poll workers should be able to
    give you directions specific to your polling location.
  • What about signage? Poll greeters may hold signage in support of an issue, if desired. However,
    signage must be held by a volunteer and cannot be freestanding (i.e. signs can’t be put into the
  • Will there be restroom facilities available? Restrooms are available in the polling location. Do not
    forget to take off or cover up your campaign shirt and do not take in any literature or solicit within
    the 100 ft mark.
  • What do I do with materials at the end of my shift? You can feel free to recycle any leftover lit
    and signage at the end of your shift. Your t-shirt is yours to keep!
  • Who should poll greeters contact if something seems amiss at the polling location? Contact
    the Summit County Board of Elections (330-643-5200) or the Voter Protection Hotline (1-866-OURVOTE). If you have any levy-related questions, please reach out to Billie Jo David (216-509-4005).
Photo of the Summit DD Cuyahoga Falls building on Second Street

ABJ: Summit DD’s Issue 17 seeks to increase funds for countywide services

April Helms  |  Akron Beacon Journal
Published Oct 13, 20223
  • Summit DD last had a revenue increase in 2007.
  • The operating levy is more than 80% of the Summit DD’s budget.

The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board is hoping that the county’s voters will give a collective thumbs up to Issue 17 in the Nov. 7 general election.

The 4.5-mill, 6-year issue, a proposed replacement tax levy, would generate about $66.1 million annually. Homeowners with a home valued at $100,000 will pay $158 a year, which will cost homeowners $3.58 more per month per $100,000 appraised value.

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Cleveland.com: Issue 17 Summit County Developmental Disabilities replacement levy headed to ballot in November

Check out Cleveland.com’s coverage of the Issue 17 Kick Off Event.

Sample Letter to Editor, Disability Service Provider

Dear Editor, 


Issue 17 on the November 7 ballot is essential not only to the individuals served by the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD), it is also critical to our local economy. As a small business owner operating in Summit County, I manage [state which service, residential, transportation, day program] which serves individuals eligible for Summit DD services.


As a partner agency of the Summit DD, my business relies on funding from the Board. This funding supports the operations of our [state which service, residential, transportation, day program]. [State specific benefit]. If Issue 17 fails, our ability to continue to provide these services and employ direct care professionals will be in jeopardy.


The passage of Issue 17 in November locks in the amount collected through 2030 and is calculated on Summit County homeowners’ current property valuation, not the increased valuation that becomes effective in 2024.


Vote YES for Issue 17 on or before November 7 to help disability service providers like myself continue to work with Summit DD to empower people of all abilities. A vote for Summit DD is a vote for me!




[Partner Agency] 

Sample Letter to Editor, Parent

Dear Editor, 


As a parent of a child with developmental disabilities, I would like to urge everyone to vote for Issue 17, Summit DD’s replacement levy. Summit DD supports thousands of neighbors like myself and my [child].


My son [daughter] is one of the more than 5,000 individuals in Summit County served by Summit DD.  Because of Summit DD, my son/daughter [State specific benefit].


If Issue 17 fails, critical services my son/daughter depend on could be in jeopardy and people who are newly eligible would need to wait for available funding. Passing the levy in November locks in the value the tax is calculated on at today’s value, not the increased value effective in 2024.


I urge you to vote YES on Issue 17 on or before November 7. By voting YES for Issue 17, you’re empowering more than 5,000 children and adults with disabilities to live a healthy, safe and equitable life. It is critical to pass this levy in order to maintain the essential services that impact the lives of thousands of individuals and families, just like mine, across Summit County. A vote for Summit DD is a vote for me!





Sample Letter to Editor, General Public

Dear Editor,   

Issue 17 is on the November 7 ballot to replace Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) 4.5 operating levy originally passed in 2005. The levy will fund critical services for more than 5,000 children and adults with developmental disabilities from 2025 – 2030. 

Summit DD has operated for 17 years without increased revenue while serving 30% more people. If passed, it will cost homeowners $158 annually per $100,000 of appraised value -$3.58 more per month. Passing this November locks in the amount collected through 2030 and is calculated on today’s property valuation, not the increased valuation that becomes effective in 2024. Summit DD has been a good steward of taxpayer dollars by downsizing it’s building from a large campus in Tallmadge that was expensive to maintain to their two smaller localtions in Cuyahoga Falls and Barberton. 

[Ability to add personal note] 

I encourage all residents to vote YES on Issue 17 on or before November 7. A vote for Summit DD is a vote to empower more than 5,000 of our neighbors to live healthy and safe lives!  


[name and city]   

Sample Letter to Editor, Parent in Early Intervention

Dear Editor,   

Issue 17 is on the November 7 ballot to support the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD). The passing of this replacement levy is critical to our community, particularly children under six years old who currently receive early intervention services. My son/daughter (name) and our family depend on these services on a daily basis. 

Summit DD provides more than 700 children with early intervention services. My own child has benefitted from this service, as it has helped [state the specific benefit].   

By voting YES on Issue 17 on or before November 7, we are ensuring that all supported by Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board will continue to receive the services they need to thrive. Passing the levy in November locks the value that you will be assessed on at today’s value, not the reappraised value that goes into effect in 20204. A vote for Summit DD is a vote for me!  



Travis, a young man who receives Summit DD services, on a swing.

Travis’ Story

“People tend to look at Travis and think he is your average child. There is nothing average about Travis! Learning to accept each child for themselves as an individual is important,” shared Travis’ mother Tonigail. Read More ›

Jason, an adult who that receives Summit DD Services, with his disability provider.

Jason’s Story

Meet Jason. Through an essential Summit DD program, Jason has access to crucial assistive technology devices that help him access the world. Using digital braille devices, Jason can email and text on his computer and cell phone with family, friends and support staff. He has become so skilled in the technology, that he trains other individuals who are deaf and blind by working for a federally funded program called, I Can Connect. Watch his story below!

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Nathan, a high school graduate that receives Summit DD Services.

Nathan’s Story

Meet Nathan, a recent graduate from Nordonia High School who’s embarking on his journey into adulthood. For many people, it’s an exciting but stressful transition in life. What should I do next? Where do I want to work? Who do I want to become? Some people have to start this journey on their own, but luckily Nathan has an amazing support system of family, friends, and developmental disability professionals to help guide him along whatever path he chooses. Get a glimpse into his journey with this video, My Story: Nathan.

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