November 5, 2014
Cleveland voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 35 by a 77.54% to 22.46% margin, according to the unofficial count. Issue 99’s victory in Maple Heights was nearly as impressive: 76.65% to 23.35%. The final unofficial countywide numbers are here.
Additionally, both issues carried every single precinct in their respective cities. Majorities of voters in all 332 precincts in Cleveland approved Issue 35. Majorities of voters in all 19 precincts of Maple Heights approved Issue 99. Unofficial precinct results are here.
TheNewspaper.com maintains a list of public votes on traffic revenue cameras. According to this list, Cleveland and Maple Heights rank first and second in Ohio in the percentage of voters who voted to reject the cameras, surpassing Steubenville’s 76.2% majority in a 2006 initiative. Cleveland’s 77.54% majority surpasses all previous public traffic-camera votes in the U.S. except for Sulphur, Louisiana, where 85.6% of voters rejected the cameras in 2009. Maple Heights’ 76.65% majority ranks fourth in U.S. history, behind Sulphur, Cleveland, and League City, Texas, where 77.2% of voters rejected red light cameras in 2012. These rankings could change, as yesterday’s results from Sierra Vista, Arizona are not yet final.
The Camera Removal Team thanks Cleveland voters for their overwhelming support, congratulates our neighbors in Maple Heights on their landslide victory, and hopes that these clear mandates from the voters will motivate our state senators to bring House Bill 69 to a vote before the current session ends. If not, we will continue to bring camera removal amendments to ballots in other cities and villages in northeast Ohio.
November 4, 2014
Polls are open until 7:30 pm today. Issues 35 and 99 are the last issues on the Cleveland and Maple Heights ballots, respectively. Please vote all the way down the ballot and both sides of all sheets.
October 29, 2014
Maybe you’ve seen the slick new TV spot with Mayor Jackson telling you that the traffic revenue cameras are there to protect our kids. Don’t be fooled. The city government’s sole purpose in operating these cameras has always been revenue. The cameras were introduced in 2005 to close a budget gap.
Councilor Brian Cummins, a camera proponent, announced plans to analyze crash data at selected camera intersections. Mr. Cummins told the Plain Dealer, “Clearly no one has done this type of analysis, and that’s the whole reason why people complain about the program.” If Mr. Cummins and his colleagues were really concerned about safety, don’t you think they would have looked at the safety data before they voted to renew the camera program in 2009 and expand it in 2013? Instead, they waited until our petitions had been filed and they knew they would have to justify traffic revenue cameras to the voters.
How many kids do you see walking to school at the exit ramp from 480 onto Grayton Road or on Rocky River Drive by the Hopkins Airport rental car facility? Don’t be fooled. Vote YES on 35!
October 18, 2014
The Camera Removal Team’s Jason Sonenshein will be on The Sound of Ideas on Monday, October 20 at 9:00 am on WCPN 90.3 FM. You can call 216-578-0903 or 866-578-0903 with your questions and comments during the show.
October 16, 2014
This video from WEWS Channel 5 illustrates what we need to overcome. Paul Kiska interviews two voters who mistakenly believe that a “no” vote would ban traffic revenue cameras.
We need your help to educate voters and clear up the confusion. Your financial support is vital to our effort. You can make a donation on-line at rally.org/liberateohio or send a check to Liberate Ohio, 13825 Liberty Av., Cleveland, Ohio 44135.