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 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

LaRose Shares Design of the Vote-by-Mail Postcard

LaRose Shares Design of the Vote-by-Mail Postcard

COLUMBUS, OH, Apr. 2020 — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose today released the postcard that Ohio voters will soon receive as part of the effort to complete the 2020 Ohio primary election. In-person voting on March 17th was blocked by an order from Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton to combat the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, following an announcement by Governor Mike DeWine on March 16th that Ohioans over the age of 65 should remain home and barring gatherings of greater than 50 people.

The Ohio General Assembly then met to set April 28th as the date on which the primary election would be complete and directed Secretary LaRose to mail a postcard to all registered voters in the state informing them about how to request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. The legislation, H.B. 197, passed the General Assembly with a unanimous, bipartisan vote.

The 7.8 million postcards are currently in the data validation and printing phase. They are expected to begin arriving in mailboxes next week. Printing, applicable fees, and postage is estimated to be $2.4 million.

Interested voters may request a vote-by-mail ballot in one of the following ways:

1.   Visit, print, and fill out the vote-by-mail ballot request form, sign it, affix postage, and mail it to your county board of elections.

2.  Call your county board of elections and ask them to send you a ballot request form, fill out the form, sign it, affix postage, and mail it to your county board of elections.

3.  Voters who can’t print their own form may also simply write the following information on a blank sheet of paper and mail it to their board of elections:

·     Full name

·     Date of birth

·     Full registration address including county

·     Address where the ballot should be mailed if different from your registration address

·     One of the these: Ohio driver’s license number OR last four of your social security number OR include a copy of an acceptable form of ID

·     State that “I’m a qualified elector and I’m requesting an absentee ballot for the March 17th Ohio primary”

·     Indicate if you want a: Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, OR Issues Only ballot (choose only one)

·     Sign it

·     Today’s date

·     Phone number (optional, but suggested)

·     Email address (optional, but suggested)


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.

Accepting Applications for Absentee Ballots by Mail for Primary Election

Accepting Applications for Absentee Ballots by Mail for Primary Election

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, BOARD OF ELECTIONS, Mar. 2020 — As directed by the Ohio Secretary of State via Directive 2020-06, we are accepting Applications for Absentee Ballots BY MAIL for Primary Election 2020. Applications are available online at and can be mailed to Wayne County Board of Elections 200 Vanover Street Wooster, OH 44691
We have set up a pickup station for Absentee Ballot Applications in our lobby at 200 Vanover Street (upstairs). If you have already cast a ballot – either in person or by mail – your vote will be counted without any further action needed! We are asking that the public refrain from coming to our offices as much as possible given the current health restrictions set forth by the Ohio Department of Health.  However, we are open and willing to assist you in person, if necessary. Our office will be happy to assist you by telephone at 330-287-5480 or via email at See release HERE.


Posted by Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County Government.