Nominating petitions of candidates in nonpartisan races must be filed in our office by 4 p.m. on August 5, 2015. Local questions and issues, including local option petitions, must be filed with our office by 4 p.m. on August 5, 2015.

The deadline to register to vote in the November 3, 2015 General Election is Monday, Oct. 5. Absentee voting by mail and in person begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

In-Person Absentee Voting Hours:

  • October 6-October 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 13-October 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day)
  • October 19-October 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • October 26-October 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 1: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Monday, November 2: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registered voters in Green and Wayne Townships are eligible to vote on the Central Fire District Tax Levy. The registration deadline for the August 4, 2015 Special Election is Monday, July 6, by 4 p.m. Absentee voting begins Tuesday, July 7. Below are the in-person absentee voting hours:

  • July 7-10, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • July 13-17, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • July 20-24, 2015: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • July 27-31, 2015: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015: 1-5 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 3, 2015: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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.

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: July 6, 2015 4:00AM

WOOSTER — Nearly 30,000 pieces of mail have been sent to voters in Wayne and Holmes counties asking them to update their records due to inactivity or possible changes of address.

The staff in Wayne County sent out more than 22,000 forms to registered voters who have not cast ballots since the 2012 presidential election or might have changed addresses. The number in Holmes County was about 4,300.

The numbers are high in Wayne County because so many people registered for the 2012 presidential election, Deputy Director Julie Leathers said. The inactivity could be due to a lot of uncontested races.

The form, which comes from Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, informs voters the

elections records show there has not been any activity or there might have been a change of address. The voters are then asked to update their voting records. They can either fill in the form and send it back in the self-addressed, prepaid envelope, or they go to and update the information online.

In Wayne County, nearly 2,300 pieces were sent due to differences in the National Change of Address database. In Holmes County, the number was 359.

Husted’s office has access to the database, and every year the information is compared to the voter registrations, said Lisa Welch, director of the Holmes County Board of Elections. The NCOA notifications had been done every other year during the odd years, but now it is done annually, Welch said. Because it is done every year, the numbers have been shrinking.

There will be a special election in Wayne County on Aug. 4, and there will only be one issue: A 3.5-mill replacement levy for the Central Fire District. There is one issue on the ballot in

Holmes County, a 2.5-mill renewal of a road levy in Ripley Township.

The Central Fire District levy, if approved, will return the millage to its original 3.5 mills, and it will increase property owners’ taxes. It is to fund fire and emergency services for a continuing period of time. Precincts in Green and Wayne townships will be open for voters. Precinct 1 is at Wayne College; precincts 2 and 3 will be combined at Smithville United Methodist Church; Wayne Townships precincts 1 and 3 will be combined at the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church; and Precinct 2 is at Alice Noble Ice Arena. Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on election day.

The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 4 election is today. In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday.

For more information, call the Wayne County Board of Elections at 330-287-5480 or visit for more information; or the Holmes County Board of Elections at 330-674-5921 or

Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or He is @BobbyWarrenTDR on Twitter.

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today praised the Ohio Senate for their passage of Senate Bill 63, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley), which seeks to grant authorization to the Secretary of State to implement an online voter registration system in Ohio.

“This is another step in making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio by improving voter access and implementing additional security measures,” Secretary Husted said.

Online voter registration would create a more secure and efficient registration system while also serving as a significantly less costly way to register new voters. An analysis of other states shows that online voter registration can save between 50 cents and $2.34 per registration when compared to the traditional paper form. If an online system had been in place in Ohio between 2011 and 2014, the state’s local governments could have saved between $2.8 and $13.2 million.

Secretary Husted also announced his initiative has so far garnered support from county commissioners in 45 of Ohio’s 88 counties, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Elections Officials, and election officials from across the state.

“I am grateful to President Faber and Senator LaRose for their leadership in getting this issue passed and bringing us another step closer to providing this important tool to Ohio voters ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election,” Secretary Husted said. “I look forward to working with the members of the Ohio House to see the proposal become a reality.”

The legislation passed the Ohio Senate with strong bipartisan support and will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

Amended House Bill 153, which moves the presidential primary date to the second Tuesday after the first Monday in March, was signed by the Governor and filed with the Secretary of State’s office today. Pursuant to Section 1c, Article II of the Ohio Constitution, the bill will become effective on September 9, 2015. Upon the effective date of the bill, the 2016 presidential primary election will be scheduled for March 15, 2016.

Please note that the bill prohibits a board of elections from rejecting or invalidating a candidate or issue petition if the petition reflects the date of the 2016 presidential primary as March 8, 2016 instead of March 15, 2016.

Please refer to the updated Election Calendars for 2015 and 2016, reflecting this change, and the resulting change in deadlines for other election-related matters such as filing deadlines for candidates and local questions and issues.

Turnout for the election was only 6.99% (5,105) of the 73,053 registered voters in Wayne County.