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"Earn the right to complain" by registering to vote

Wayne County Board of Elections Deputy Director Rich Corfman conducts training

"Earn the right to complain" by registering to vote

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Sept. 23, 2019 — According to the Wayne County Board of Elections Director Julie Leathers Stahl, earning the right to complain about an election is as easy as casting a ballot. But, in order to cast a ballot, voters must be registered by Oct. 7th in order to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5th in the General Election.

"As a citizen, voting is a privilege and should be considered a responsibility," Stahl said as she and her staff prepare for the November vote. As Election Day nears, workers at the Board of Elections have been busy testing new machines so that those voting have a smooth experience at the polls.

"We have had positive feedback about the machines," said Deputy Director Rich Corfman. "The machines are easier and faster to use, and they are better overall. But, because they are different, they still require training and testing."

Along with speed and ease of use, the machines have controls built-in to prompt users to re-examine their choices in order to ensure the correct selection was made. If a race is left blank, the machine will remind the user that no vote was cast and offer an opportunity to take action.

Registering to vote can be done online, in person at the Board of Elections or by mail. In order to be qualified to vote in Ohio, the following qualifications must be met:

-- Be a citizen of the United States.

-- At least 18 years old on or before the day of the general election.

-- A resident of Ohio for at least 30 days immediately before the election.

-- Have not been incarcerated (in prison) for a felony conviction.

-- Have not been declared incompetent for voting purposes by a probate court.

-- Have not been permanently disenfranchised for violations of the election laws.

Voters may visit www.VoteOhio.gov or www.VoteWayne.org to register online, check registration status, change address, locate a polling place (including temporary and permanent voting location changes), view sample ballots, and find absentee voter information.