voter-viewBelow is information about the November 3, 2015 General Election.

By PETER JAMES Wayne County Board of Elections Published: October 12, 2015 4:00AM

There are two new technological tools that will be available to voters in Wayne County starting with the Nov. 3 general election. It’s the hope and expectation of the Wayne County Board of Elections that these new features will improve the efficiency of processing voters at the polls on Election Day, while providing the public with essential election information online.

For the first time each precinct in Wayne County will have an electronic poll book. E-poll books, as they are commonly referred to, were used as part of a pilot in a small August special election. From that test, we selected the Poll Pad from a company called KNOWiNK, which uses the Apple iPad tablet.

There are several advantages to the Poll Pad. First, it will greatly reduce the time it takes to check in a voter. This is done in two main ways. One, the Poll Pad allows a poll worker to quickly scan a driver’s license (or state ID) and pull up the correct voter. Two, if a voter doesn’t have a photo ID, there’s a manual lookup option that can quickly identify the voter.

Another advantage of the Poll Pad is that unlike the old paper signature poll books, every voter in the county is loaded into the iPad tablet. So if a voter is at the wrong precinct, the poll workers are still able to identify the voter and print out a ticket listing the name and address of the correct precinct to hand to the voter. Read the rest of this entry »

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: August 18, 2015 4:00AM

WOOSTER — While the sample size was small, the response was huge: Go with the KNOWiNK electronic poll books.

The Wayne County Board of Elections, based on the recommendations of the director, deputy director and a limited number of poll workers and voters, authorized the purchase of KNOWiNK’s version of the e-poll books.

Only a handful of precincts were open for the Aug. 4 special election, and poll workers and voters had the chance to try out two e-poll books during a pilot program, one from KNOWiNK and the other from Everybody Counts.

“We liked both companies, and we kind of hoped one would kind of stand out, and that’s what happened,” Director Peter James told board members Earl Kerr, Jean Mohr, Betsy Sheets and Sue Donohoe. “KNOWiNK did very well. It was pretty much unanimous. They all had the same sentiment: KNOWiNK was easier to use and better.”

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All Board meetings are held at the Wayne County Board of Elections office at 200 Vanover St. Suite #1, Wooster, OH. They are open to the public.

  • October 20, 10:30 a.m. (note change from October 13)
  • November 3, 7:30 p.m.
  • November 16, 10:30 a.m.
  • November 19, 10:30 a.m.
  • December 17, 1:30 a.m. (note change from December 8, and a change in time as well)

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that petitioners seeking to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot have collected 44,185 additional, supplemental signatures. This number joins the 276,082 valid signatures the group submitted on June 30, 2015 for a total of 320,267 valid signatures. The petitioners, known as ResponsibleOhio, needed to gather 305,591 signatures in order to secure a place on the ballot, a number equal to 10 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014.

As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners are also required to have submitted signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and within each of those counties, collected enough signatures equal to five percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014. The petitioners met this requirement in their first signature submission, having collected enough signatures to meet the five percent threshold in 73 counties.

Having met the constitutional and legal requirements to place the matter before Ohio voters, the issue will appear on the ballot during the General Election held on November 3, 2015. The next step in the process is for the Ballot Board to convene to approve the ballot language that voters will consider this fall.

It is the constitutional and statutory duty of the Secretary of State to verify and certify signatures submitted for citizen-initiated constitutional amendments, initiated statutes and legislative referenda.

Additional Information:
Supplemental Signature Submission Totals (invalid total includes those found on invalid part-petitions)
Constitutional Amendment Proposed by ResponsibleOhio
Procedure for a Citizen-Initiated Constitutional Amendment

Registered voters in Green and Wayne Townships are eligible to vote on the Central Fire District Tax Levy.

The Ohio Association of Elected Officials (OAEO), of which the Wayne County Board of Elections is a member of, was successful in lobbying the Ohio General Assembly to several election-related amendments in the state budget that was signed into law on June 30, 2015:

  1. $1.25 million for absentee application mailing in the 2016 general election
  2. Elimination of February special election and 65% “prepay” for the August special
  3. $12.75 million for an 85%-15% state-local match for e-poll books

Wayne County anticipates purchasing e-poll books for countywide use beginning with the November 3, 2015 General Election. We will have more information on this in the coming months. We will be piloting two e-poll book products in the August 4, 2015 Special Election.

UPDATE: The Ohio Secretary of State’s office released an Advisory (2015-04) outlining the changes to the administering of elections in Ohio.