Note that while candidates filed for the May 5, 2015 election, per Ohio Revised Code 3513.02, if a partisan race is not contested, these candidates automatically move on to the November 2015 General Election ballot. So these candidates WILL NOT appear on any voters’ ballot for the May 5, 2015 election. As a result, the election will be called a SPECIAL ELECTION, with only local issues appearing on the ballot.

There will not be the opportunity for any voter to change their political party via the primary voting process. However, every voter in Wayne County will have at least one local issue to vote on, as Wayne County has a renewal of a tax levy in support of Children’s Services on the ballot for May.

Absentee Voting Hours

  • Tuesday, April 7, 2015-Friday, April 10, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday-April 13, 2015-Friday, April 17, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 20, 2015-Friday, April 24, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, April 27, 2015-Friday, May 1, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 2, 2015: 8 a.m. to 12 noon
  • Sunday, May 3, 2015: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, May 4, 2015: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: April 22, 2015 4:00AM

WOOSTER — Uncle Sam might want you, but so, too, do Peter James and Julie Leathers, Wayne County’s top election officials, who are recruiting new poll workers.

Right now, the office is in a good position with its poll workers, said James, the director of the board. For the May election, there will be 52 polling locations in the county. The election is county-wide because of a Wayne County Children Services 0.2-mill renewal levy.

The Board of Elections has been continually reducing the amount of precincts. There were once more than 100; the number has dropped to 67. Board President Earl Kerr said the combining of some precincts is why there will be only 52 locations opened for the May 5 election.

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COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today released the following statement announcing a settlement agreement with the Ohio Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and other plaintiffs on their challenge to the state’s scheduled voting hours:

“One of my primary goals is to ensure uniformity in Ohio elections so that every voter in this state is treated equally and fairly. Today we are preserving that uniformity for all Ohio voters while maintaining ample opportunity to cast a ballot and participate in the democratic process.”

“This agreement is a victory for Ohio voters. With the issues that accompany the 2016 presidential election drawing nearer it is important that we resolve these lingering questions now. Ohio has been and will remain a state where it is easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

The elimination of the overlap week where individuals could register to vote and cast their ballot on the same day was maintained by the agreement as it was originally enacted by the 130th General Assembly through Senate Bill 238. The plaintiffs also agreed to drop any claim to attorneys’ fees or damages.

The settlement, which will dismiss the suit with prejudice, was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio’s Eastern Division today, marking the end of litigation in the Ohio NAACP v. Husted (Case No. 2:14-CV-404).

The primary election next month will not be impacted as the hours set by the settlement agreement will not go into effect until after the May 2015 election.

Additional Resources:
Voting hours for elections after the May 2015 Primary and Special Election
Voting hours for the May 2015 Primary and Special Election as set by Directive 2014-17

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio’s presidential primary election date would be moved a week later, to March 15, 2016, under legislation introduced Monday in the Ohio House.

The change would allow Ohio Republicans, who control the state legislature, to avoid being penalized under new national party rules designed to shorten the GOP’s presidential nominating process.

Currently, Ohio’s presidential primary is set for March 8, the first Tuesday after the first Monday of the month. House Bill 153, introduced by Rep. Mike Dovilla, a Berea Republican, would push the election back to the second Tuesday in March.

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WOOSTER — Wayne County elections officials want to switch from paper poll books to electronic poll books, but they are expensive, the board president said.

Board of Elections members and staff have been listening to presentations from a variety of vendors, and all three county commissioners joined them Thursday for one with Mark Radke of ES&S.

“They’re the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they are expensive,” President Earl Kerr said.

Radke did not have a firm figure because the number of precincts in Wayne County has been reduced, but going to the ePoll books will likely be more than $100,000, plus ongoing license fees.

Electronic poll books are tablet computers precinct workers use to validate voters and collect signatures. A number of Ohio counties use the ES&S ePoll book, including Richland, which was the first.

Radke said his company’s model also can encode cards used in the touch-screen voting terminals Wayne County uses. This can help eliminate voters receiving the wrong ballot style on the computer cards.

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