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.

Registration Deadline for May 5, 2015 Election: Monday, April 6, at 9 p.m.

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.

If you received a letter in the mail indicating that you are in precinct Chippewa Twp. #1, it was INCORRECTLY printed that your voting location is the Community Building in Marshallville. YOUR CORRECT POLLING LOCATION is the Chippewa Township Building at 14228 GALEHOUSE ROAD in Doylestown. Corrected letters to affected voters are being sent this week.

The Wayne County Board of Elections has just completed the largest precinct consolidation (as a percentage of total precincts) in its history. We lowered the number of precincts in Wayne County from 81 to 67, and coupled with a few new polling locations for already existing precincts, about 10,000 voters are receiving letters in early March notifying them of changes to their voting location.

As a government office, we have two main objectives that guide us through everything we do — customer service and fiscal responsibility.

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By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published:

WOOSTER — About 30 minutes after Mike Buytendyk turned in his petitions to elections officials to seek reelection as Wooster council president, he received a call saying his petitions were invalid.

The news from the Wayne County Board of Elections was like being knocked in the stomach, Buytendyk said. At first, he wasn’t sure what to do. He thought his chance to run again for president was finished, only getting one bite at the apple.

However, he discovered an Ohio Supreme Court decision that would allow him to send a letter to the board of elections instructing it to withdraw his petition. Then, he could submit a new petition.

Buytendyk dropped off his petitions the day before the filing deadline. Based on a directive from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, elections officials cannot advise or give guidance to candidates. Buytendyk believes the interpretation is wrong.

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