More information about the November 3, 2015 General Election will be posted as the election approaches. For now, here are the candidates and local questions and issues that will appear on the ballot, as well as in-person absentee voting hours:

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.

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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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.

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 www.myohiovote.com 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 www.votewayne.org for more information; or the Holmes County Board of Elections at 330-674-5921 or www.holmescountyboardofelections.com.

Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or bwarren@the-daily-record.com. 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.