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 election, 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.

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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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.

  • January – no meeting (conference)
  • February 11th at 10:30 a.m.
  • March 4th at 10:30 a.m. (reorganizational meeting)
  • April 17th at 10:30 a.m.
  • May 6th – Election Day
  • May 19th at 10:30 a.m.
  • May 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • June 11 at 10:30 a.m. (note change from June 10)
  • July 8 at 10:30 a.m.
  • August 12 at 10:30 a.m.
  • September 8 at 10:30 a.m.
  • October 14 at 10:30 a.m.
  • November 4 – Election Day
  • November 17 at 10:30 a.m.
  • November 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • December 9 at 10:30 a.m.