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.
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.
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 Wayne County Board of Elections will be closed on Friday, June 26, 2015 so that staff members can attend the Ohio Secretary of State’s Summer Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The office will reopen on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 8:00 a.m.
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.
In a move that could ease lines on Election Day and one day allow Ohioans to vote at any polling location in their county, the Ohio Senate wants to provide $13 million to help all counties purchase electronic pollbooks.
The proposal drew praise from county elections officials and Secretary of State Jon Husted, who said that for voters in the 19 counties that currently use electronic pollbooks, the check-in process is streamlined and wait times are reduced.
“Electronic poll books are revolutionizing elections here in Ohio, making it easier for voters to cast ballots and saving valuable taxpayer resources,” said Shawn Stevens, president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials and a member of the Delaware County Board of Elections.
The funding was one of many changes Senate Republicans made to the new two-year, $71.3 billion budget. Debate continues and a full chamber vote is expected on June 17.
COLUMBUS – Regarding the Ohio Senate Leadership’s announcement today that funding for electronic pollbooks (e-pollbooks) and the statewide mailing of absentee ballot applications has been included in their version of the state budget, all of the following may be attributed to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted:
“I want to commend Senate President Keith Faber and his leadership team for their ongoing commitment to reinforcing our system of elections by providing funding for important technology and services that will continue to make it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio.
“E-pollbooks have proven to be a valuable tool for the 19 counties that currently use them, benefiting both poll workers and voters by streamlining the check-in process on Election Day. It cuts wait times and makes voting even easier.
“The inclusion of funding for the statewide mailing of absentee ballot applications not only ensures uniformity and that all voters are treated equally and fairly, but it also greatly reduces the chance of long lines on Election Day.
“Ohio has one of the best elections systems in the nation, due in part to the ongoing effort to improve and innovate how we run elections. Today’s announcement by Senate President Faber and his team means a better experience on Election Day for everyone involved once passed.”