Below are useful resources as you prepare for the November 4, 2014 General Election:

The deadline to register for the November 4, 2014 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6, at 9 p.m. Absentee voting (both by mail and in person) starts the day after the close of registration, Tuesday, Oct. 7. Below are the in-person absentee voting hours for this election:

  • October 7-October 19 
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
  • October 20-October 25
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 25
  • October 27-November 2
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday, Nov. 1
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday, Nov. 2
  • November 3
    • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

POSITION AVAILABLE: DIRECTOR OR DEPUTY DIRECTOR

Pursuant to Directive 2012-23 from the Ohio Secretary of State, notice is given that the Wayne County Board of Elections is currently accepting applications for the position of Director or Deputy Director. Minimum qualifications include:

Education: A candidate for Director or Deputy Director must have a high school diploma or have attained the equivalency of a high school diploma (GED). College level education is desired.
Election related experience and skills: A candidate for Director or Deputy Director of a board of must have a baseline understanding of the rules, processes, procedures and equipment used in local election administration, including:

  • Operating voting machines used in the county and other automated office equipment;
  • Managing a successful and efficient database;
  • Using, understanding and applying election law terminology;
  • Knowing the basics of Ohio’s “sunshine laws” governing open meetings and public records; and
  • Receiving and implementing assignments and instructions from board members and Secretary of State’s office.

General managerial experience and skills: A candidate for Director or Deputy Director of a board of elections must, to the satisfaction of the board, have the experience and capability to manage the day-to-day operations of that county’s board of election. To this end, the candidate must possess:

  • Effective written and interpersonal communication abilities;
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail;
  • Familiarity with relevant state and federal human resources policies and practices;
  • Familiarity with the handling of budgets and public appropriation of funds;
  • Ability to perform duties as assigned by the law, the county board of election, and/or the Secretary of State;
  • Ability to convey or exchange information, including giving and managing assignments or direction to board personnel;
  • Ability to be adept and to perform in a professional manner under stressful or emergency situations;
  • Ability to comprehend a variety of informational documents; and
  • Ability to conduct self at all times in a professional and courteous manner.

Minimum duties: A candidate for Director or Deputy Director will be required to lead the fulfillment of the following minimum duties:

  • Prepare and conduct all primary, general and special elections held in the county;
  • Process, evaluate and report election results;
  • Recruit and train precinct election officials;
  • Supervise the processing of voter records;
  • Keep a full and true record of the proceedings of the board and all moneys received and expended;
  • File and preserve in the board office all orders, records, and reports pertaining to the administration of voter registrations and elections;
  • Prepare the minutes of board meetings;
  • Audit campaign finance reports;
  • Calculate charge backs to political subdivisions;
  • Receive and have custody of all books, papers, and property belonging to the board;
  • Perform such other duties in connection with the office of director and the proper conduct of elections as the Secretary of State and Board determine;
  • Review all Directives, Advisories, Memoranda, correspondence and materials issued by the Secretary of State and take action as required by those communications;
  • Supervise and instruct board employees, assign work, coordinate activities, make recommendations concerning hiring, responsibilities, compensation, discipline, and discharge of board employees; and
  • Develop a proposed annual budget to be submitted to the county commissioners, upon approval of the board of elections, and monitor the board’s budget and payroll relative to current year appropriations.

Criminal background check: A candidate must pass, to the satisfaction of a majority of the board members, a criminal background check.

The deadline for application is Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014. Candidates should submit a cover letter and current resume confidentially to:

Attention: B. Jean Mohr, Chair
Wayne County Board of Elections
200 Vanover St., Suite #1
Wooster, OH 44691

Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ELECTIONS ASSISTANT – REPUBLICAN

The Wayne County Board of Elections is currently accepting applications for a full-time Elections Assistant. This position reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Elections.

Qualified candidates must be affiliated with the Republican Party and reside within Wayne County.

Candidates should possess strong communication, customer service and computer skills. Minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent. College course work or prior election experience is a plus.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Earl Kerr
Wayne County Board of Elections
200 Vanover St., Suite #1
Wooster OH 44691.

Or you may email resumes to contact@votewayne.org . Please use the subject line ‘Election Assistant Position.’

Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ELECTIONS ASSISTANT – DEMOCRAT

The Wayne County Board of Elections is currently accepting applications for a full-time Elections Assistant. This position reports to and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Elections.

Qualified candidates must be affiliated with the Democratic Party and reside within Wayne County.

Candidates should possess strong communication, customer service and computer skills. Minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalent. College course work or prior election experience is a plus.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

B. Jean Mohr, Chair
Wayne County Board of Elections
200 Vanover St., Suite #1
Wooster OH 44691.

Or you may email resumes to contact@votewayne.org . Please use the subject line ‘Election Assistant Position.’

Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 25, 2014.

Wayne County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

In light of the recent federal court ruling in Obama for America v. Husted, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today set uniform hours for “all future elections” in Ohio. This includes all future Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays before Election Day, starting with the August 5th Special Election.

Regarding today’s court-ordered directive, all of the following may be attributed to Secretary Husted:

“The federal court has affirmed what I have long advocated: That all voters in Ohio should have the same opportunity to vote.

“The uniform hours I am setting today will cover all future elections as the court required, taking into account the differences between municipal, special, primary, general and presidential elections.

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Voting Hours

A. Presidential General Elections

  • Weeks One and Two of Voting (beginning with the day after the close of registration for the election,3 except any holiday established by state law)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
  • Week Three of Voting
    • 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Week Four of Voting
    • 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday before the election
  • Week of Election Day
    • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election

B. Presidential Primary Elections and Gubernatorial General Elections (i.e. the November 4, 2014 Election)

  • Weeks One and Two of Voting (beginning with the day after the close of registration for the election, except any holiday established by state law)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
  • Week Three of Voting
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday
  • Week Four of Voting
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday before the election
  • Week of Election Day
    • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election

C. Regular Municipal Elections, Primary Elections, and Special Elections

  • Weeks One, Two and Three of Voting (beginning with the day after the close of registration for the election,3 except any holiday established by state law)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
  • Week Four of Voting
    • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on each weekday (Monday through Friday)
    • 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election
    • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Sunday before the election
  • Week of Election Day
    • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Monday before the election

Any voter of the county may request and vote an absent voter’s ballot (or a provisional ballot beginning October 7, 2014) in person during these regular business hours. Any voters in line at the end of these regular business hours must be permitted to make their application and vote.

Election By The Numbers:

  • A total of 9,146 Wayne County voters (unofficially) turned out to vote for the May 6, 2014 General Election. That was 12.6% of registered voters (72,594). By comparison, the 2010 Primary Election, which featured the same offices on the ballot (but more local and state issues), had 22,161 voters turnout, or 29.91% of the registered voters (74,104).
  • The precinct with the largest turnout was Plain Twp. #2, with 27.14% of the registered voters in that precinct voting. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Wooster 2-C, with just 1.9% of registered voters casting a ballot.

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer   Published: February 3, 2014 4:00AM

WOOSTER — Longing for somewhere to perform a public service? Hoping to raise some funds for a service club? Looking to make some extra cash and not spend a lot of time doing it?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then you might want to call the Wayne County Board of Elections to inquire about being a poll worker.

In years past, the Board of Elections has used only workers from the two major political parties. There were always two Democrats and two Republicans stationed at each precinct. For the first time, Wayne County will allow nonpartisan voters to serve as poll workers, Director Nancy Hamilton said.

Deputy Director Peter James said elections boards need to have at least one worker from the two major parties, but no more than two.

New poll worker classes are scheduled for March 3 and 4 to ensure everyone is trained for the May 6 primary. Wayne County has 85 precincts, and four workers are needed for each one.

Cyndi Shull, an elections specialist who trains poll workers, said nonpartisan poll workers will not be able to serve as voting location managers. This position had formerly been known as presiding judge, and the other three were judges. They will now be precinct election officials.

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