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


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Wayne County, Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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

Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Request Forms Begin Arriving

Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Request Forms Begin Arriving

COLUMBUS, OH, Sep. 2020 — Earlier this summer, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced every registered Ohio voter would receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail. Those request forms are arriving in mailboxes this week – one week ahead of schedule.

Ohioans who want to vote by absentee ballot must send their request form back to their county board of elections in order to receive an absentee ballot. In the absentee ballot request instructions, Secretary LaRose has recommended voters submit their request right away, but definitely no later than October 27th. Absentee ballots will be sent by the voter’s respective county board of elections beginning October 6th.

“Whether you’re voting on election day, early in-person, or taking advantage of the absentee request form arriving this week in your mailbox, Ohioans should know voting will be safe and secure in Ohio,” said LaRose. “With the convenience of voting from home comes a responsibility – don’t wait to make your voice heard. Get your ballot request form in the mail as soon as you can.”

By getting their ballot request forms in early, voters will ease the burden on both county boards of elections staff who are expecting a significant influx of election mail, as well as the postal workers in their community who are working to make sure it’s delivered on time.

TELEVISION NEWS: Click here for B-Roll from the print shop in Hebron, Ohio where the printing was completed.(opens in a new window)

ALL MEDIA: Click here for an image of the envelope, voter instructions, and absentee ballot form that registered voters will receive (PDF)(opens in a new window).

The first round of the mailing included voters currently registered in the state of Ohio. There will be two more rounds of forms still to be mailed to Ohioans who register to vote through the October 5th registration deadline. The current estimated cost of the mailing is $1.1 million and is funded by federal CARES dollars.

Sharing Best Practices for Voters to Consider When Using the Absentee Ballot Option

– Doublecheck the information on your form. Review your ballot request and ballot to ensure you have filled it out properly, including writing the appropriate date, providing your required identifying information, and signing the form.

– Include your e-mail and/or phone number. For the first time in a general election, county board of elections will be calling or e-mailing voters who may need to remedy information on their ballot request form or absentee ballot envelope. Including your information will ensure you can be reached if your ballot request doesn’t have everything filled out properly.

– Don’t wait. To accommodate necessary processing time at the county board of elections and the time required for the United States Postal Service to deliver elections mail, voters should not procrastinate – fill out and mail your absentee ballot request as soon as possible.

– Track your ballot. Once their ballot request is received by their county board of elections, voters may track their ballot at As long as your ballot is postmarked by the day before the election and received within 10 days after the election at your county board of elections, your vote will be tabulated.

Absentee voting in Ohio is time-tested and has strong security checks in place.
Ohioans have utilized absentee voting for nearly two decades, and that has allowed Ohio to put in place both the laws and processes necessary to make absentee voting secure against fraud.

– Voter identification and signature are checked TWICE during the process

– Voter list maintenance allows for accurate voter rolls

– Ballot harvesting is against the law in Ohio

– Voters are able to track their ballot on (opens in a new window)

These requirements and processes, as well as strict laws against voter fraud, have made absentee voting secure in Ohio and instances of voter fraud exceedingly rare. 

Making it easy to request your absentee ballot
Since 2012, Ohio has mailed absentee ballot request forms to registered voters in every even-year general election. Only after that application is verified by the bipartisan teams at a county board of elections is a ballot mailed to a voter.

Other interesting facts about this mailing

– Last week Secretary LaRose visited with the Ohioans who were producing this mailing. Click here to see the video(opens in a new window).

– Our office is using informed delivery through USPS as another way to get the word out

– The mailing required 17 full-length tractor-trailers to deliver to the USPS


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