Election Security

The Wayne County Board of Elections is tasked with administering secure, fair and transparent election activities in Wayne County, Ohio.  We take Election Security seriously and are continually working to educate, prepare and proactively respond to the latest trends and activities to ensure safety and accuracy on a daily basis.

WCBOE completed an Elections Infrastructure Security Assessment (EISA) in October 2018, which encompassed hardware and software upgrades, vulnerability scans, network testing, and outlined best practices for cyber health.  These best practices have been implemented by staff.  The EISA also included guidelines for response and recovery should a cyber incident occur. In addition, Ohio Secretary of State Directive 2019-08 was issed on June 11, 2019.  This comprehensive, multi-faceted security strategy for both local board of elections and the state provides the redundance required of a strong election system infrastructure.  The Directive included a checklist of 34 separate requirements, making Ohio a National Model for Election Security and ensuring Ohio's election systems are prepared and in the best possible position for the 2020 election.

WCBOE participates regularly in webinars, trainings, and networking sessions facilitated by the Ohio Secretary of State, MS-ISAC, EI-ISAC, CSG and CTCL to keep current on the latest trends and threats in the cyber world and works closely with Wayne County IT Specialists to ensure our department's cyber health.


December 3, 2019 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

General Election

November 3, 2020


Our Early Vote Center is OPEN this weekend!

Saturday, October 31 from 8 a - 4 p

Sunday, November 1 from 1 - 5 p.

Early Voting ENDS at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 2



...ballots MUST be postmarked by November 2

OR you can bring to the Board of Elections by 7:30 p.m. on Election Day - our secure drop box is available 24/7 (no postage necessary)!

...completed absentee ballots can only be accepted at the Board of Elections - not at polling locations on Election Day

....if you received an Absentee Ballot by mail and choose to go to your polling location instead on Election Day, you will be required to cast a Provisional Ballot.




**Election Notice for use with Federal Write In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) - 46 Day Notice** 


Polling Location Changes

The following location changes will be in effect for the November 3, 2020 General Election:


            Precincts               Former Location              New Location
Wooster City 1-B Red Cross Building

Wooster Community Center

241 S. Bever St.


Wooster City 2-D & 3-D College Hills Retirement Centerr

Connection Church

1633 Portage Road


Wooster City 4-B & 4-C West View Healthy Living

Church of the Nazarene

3100 Oak Hill Road


Rittman 2 Autumnwood Nursing Center

Rittman Rec Center

200 Saurer St.


Green Twp. 2 & 3 Smithville United Methodist Church

Smithville Brethren Church

193 E. Main Street


NOTE:  All affected voters were sent a notice via U.S. Mail on/about September 10, 2020 of these changes.



November 27, 2018 / By Wayne County Board of Elections
January 26, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

The Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) produced this video to help provide the public with an inside glimpse into the planning of each election. Each county board of elections follows these processes to ensure that a successful election is administered. The Wayne County Board of Elections is a member of the OAEO.