VOTER REGISTRATION AND DATA

VOTER REGISTRATION AND DATA

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Jun. 26, 2024—In a thriving democracy, voter confidence is the cornerstone of a healthy electoral process. When citizens trust the voting system, they are more likely to participate, engage, and make their political voices heard.

Voter confidence is not only about winning or losing an election; it’s about the perceived legitimacy of the election process. It’s about believing that every voice matters, that votes are counted accurately, and that the outcome reflects the people’s will.

No one takes Election Day more seriously than the dedicated individuals who work at election boards. They ensure the accuracy of each vote in every election, and Wayne County Board of Elections (BOE) Deputy Director Bryon Bell is holding a series of presentations to explain the election and voter verification process.

“When voters are equipped with accurate information about the election process, candidates, and issues, they are more likely to trust the process and better able to make informed decisions at the ballot box,” Bell said.

In his first presentation, Voter Registration and Data, held in the Metzler Room of the BOE located at 200 Vanover Street in Wooster, Bell explained some of the seemingly countless federal and state laws that govern his office, including:

  • What disqualifies a vote
  • How provisional ballots work
  • How voters are verified
  • Voter registration
  • Voter equality

“There are a lot of rumors and misconceptions surrounding the election process, and this can be damaging to our democracy, especially if it causes people to lose trust in the process and sit an election out,” he said. “However, by providing accurate information, we can empower voters to make informed decisions and take an active role in helping to shape their communities.”

The spread of misinformation has threatened the democratic process, eroding voter confidence and undermining election integrity. Bell explained that while some voter’s circumstances may seem illegal on the surface, they are, in fact, perfectly legal.

One misconception Bell addressed surrounds a voter’s date of birth.

“There are registered voters in Ohio with a date of birth that makes them older than the oldest living American. Is that proof of fraud,” Bell asked the audience rhetorically. “No,” he answered.

He explained that Ohio law didn’t always require voters to list a date of birth on voter registration forms.

“If you registered, consistently voted, and remained at the same address over the years and didn’t have a need to update your voter registration, your county (BOE) might not have a date of birth on file,” Bell said. “These voters have a placeholder date of birth as January 1, 1800. That does not mean that the voter is 224 years old. It is merely an indicator they registered before recording a date of birth was a legal requirement.”

Bell explained the hows and whys of other perplexing circumstances that, in the age of digital media, lead to inaccurate information being spread.

The next presentation, Voting Equipment and Security, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Metzler Room. Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, visit www.waynecountyoh.gov/academy, or phone 330-287-5480; video of previous presentations may also be watched.

The remaining schedule includes:

  • Candidates and Issues on July 23
  • Absentee and Provisional Voting on August 20
  • Election Logistics on September 24

Dan Starcher is the Public Communications Coordinator for Wayne County.

Civic-minded Applicants Wanted

Civic-minded Applicants Wanted

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Dec. 10, 2021 —  The Wayne County Board of Elections is seeking motivated and civic-minded applicants for Elections Operations Manager or Elections Specialist. Full-time employment with excellent benefits. Employment is at the pleasure of the Board.

Candidates must demonstrate good interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively and professionally in order to exchange information, including receiving assignments from the Director, Deputy Director, the Board, and the Secretary of State. Good computer skills and the flexibility in work schedule to be available to work extended hours when necessary is also required.

Completed applications and resumes should be forwarded no later than March 14, 2022, via U.S. Mail or electronically to:

Elections Specialist Position
Wayne County Board of Elections
200 Vanover Street, Ste. 1
Wooster, OH 44691

Email: wayne@ohiosos.gov

Download job description   |   Download application

Wayne County, Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer

*UPDATED MARCH 3, 2022 TO REFLECT DEADLINE EXTENSION*

Register To Vote By Oct. 4

Register To Vote By Oct. 4

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Sep. 30, 2021 — The deadline to register to vote in the General Election on November 2, 2021, is October 4.

The Board of Elections offices will be open until 9 p.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021, which is the final day to register for the November 2, 2021, General Election. The Wayne County Board of Elections is located at 200 Vanover Street, Wooster above the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Absentee voting – both in-person early and by mail – will begin on October 5, 2021. Voters who wish to receive a ballot by mail must complete a separate application for each election. 

The deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is Noon on Saturday, October 30, 2021. However, it is strongly suggested that voters request mail absentee ballots as soon as possible to ensure timely mail delivery.  All mail absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 1, 2021. Ballots can also be returned to the Board of Elections and placed in our secure outdoor dropbox or brought into the office personally. 

Voters who wish to vote early in person will no longer be required to complete a form if they have proper identification for voting. Form completion will still be required for hand-carried ballots and for those wishing to use their Social Security Number for identification purposes. Hours for Wayne County’s Early Vote Center are as follows:

October 5 – 8 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 11 – CLOSED for Columbus Day

October 12 – 15 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 18 – 22 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

October 25 – 29 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

October 30 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

October 31 from 1 – 5 p.m.

November 1 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

All Wayne County Voting Locations will be open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Election Day, November 2, 2021.  Please note that some polling locations have changed. The changes are as follows:

Former Permanent Location Precinct(s)

New Permanent Location Name

New Location Address

Wooster Community Center Woo 1-A Wayne County Fair Event Center 199 Vanover Street
Wooster, Ohio
College Hills Retirement Village Woo 2-D
Woo 3-D
Connection Church 1633 Portage Road
Wooster, Ohio
West View Healthy Living Woo 4-B
Woo 4-C
Church of the Nazarene 3100 Oak Hill Road
Wooster, Ohio
Smithville United Methodist Church Gr 2
Gr 3
Smithville Brethren Church 193 East Main Street
Smithville, Ohio
OARDC – Fisher Auditorium Fr 2
Wst 1
Wayne County Fair Event Center 199 Vanover Street
Wooster, Ohio
American Red Cross Building Woo 1-B Wayne County Fair Event Center 199 Vanover Street
Wooster, Ohio
Dalton Presbyterian Church Sug 3 Dalton Public Library 127 South Church Street
Dalton, Ohio
Life Ministries Tabernacle Mil 2 Grace Church-County Line Campus 14960 Seville Road
Sterling, Ohio
Autumnwood Nursing Center Ritt 2 Life Ministries Tabernacle 9878 Krabill Road
Rittman, Ohio
Paint Twp. Fire Department Paint 1 New Leaf Community Center 16014 East Chestnut Street
Mt. Eaton, Ohio

 

Voters can visit www.WayneCountyOH.gov to check their registration, find their polling location, and view sample ballots.  Voters can also call the Board of Elections at 330-287-5480.

HIRING: Election Specialist

HIRING: Election Specialist

WAYNE COUNTY, OHIO, Nov. 19, 2020 — Are you looking for a new career? The Wayne County Board of Elections is seeking applicants for Elections Operations Manager and/or Elections Specialist. This is for two positions; one with full-time hours and one with part-time hours. To learn more about the position, and to apply, click HERE.

Letter From the BOE

Letter From the BOE

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Nov. 5, 2020 — At this time when people are beginning to believe no one can work together, we want to remind everyone of the excellent bi-partisan effort that happened in Wayne County. Julie Leathers Stahl, Director, and Rich Corfman, Deputy Director led our bi-partisan team at the Wayne County Board of Elections and held an excellent election experience for everyone.

As the Board, we want to thank our very dedicated staff who worked 7 days a week and many times 10 -12 hours days for several weeks prior to the election to make sure we would have a fair and transparent election, ensuring every vote was counted exactly as it was cast.

We also want to thank the temporary workers hired to help in this process along with the many volunteers. We could not have done it without all of you!  At every polling location our bipartisan team of poll workers did an excellent job of serving the public, and we thank you.

This election provided folks an opportunity to vote by mail, vote in person early, return your absentee ballot at our secure drop off box, vote on election day at their polling place and, if requested, there was curbside service for those using the early voting and at each polling location on Tuesday.  Wayne County’s election was accessible to everyone.

We handled over 18,000 absentee ballots. The early voting room at our Vanover Building office had voters every day who patiently waited their turn and were courteous to the staff.  In the last week, we had over 800 people a day voting early and averaged a vote being cast every 50 seconds. At polling locations across the county on Tuesday, our voters wait was minimal and all 67 precincts reported in on time on election day.

Thank you all for providing an excellent election experience for all Wayne County Voters this November.

 

Wayne County Board of Elections,

Elizabeth Sheets, Chair

Charlie Hardman, Board Member

K. William Bailey, Board Member

Ann Obrecht, Board Member