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



If you wish to receive an absentee ballot in the mail, it is only necessary to complete ONE Application for Absentee Ballot. 

PLEASE do not send multiple applications into our office. 

If you wish to vote in person (either early on on Election Day), please DO NOT send in an application. 

The postal service indicates that it may take 2-9 days for mail delivery.


When you receive your ballot, please remember....

...use blue or black ink

...do not detach the stub

...complete all the information on the ID envelope

...seal your voted ballot in the ID envelope

...seal your ID envelope containing your voted ballot in the return envelope

...place proper postage on your return envelope and ensure that it is postmarked by November 2


...use our convenient drop box outside our offices at 200 Vanover Street, Wooster - NO POSTAGE NEEDED!




IMPORTANT DATES for General Election 2020

  • The registration deadline for the General Election was October 5                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  • October 6, 2020 - Absentee Voting (by mail & in person) begins

    •   CLICK HERE for Application for ballot by mail

      • You can mail completed application to our office                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
      • Drop in our outdoor drop box      

                   DEADLINE  for Absentee Application is NOON, October 31 but we suggest getting it to us ASAP in order to 

                        ensure you receive your ballot in a timely manner and have ample time to vote and return your ballot.  

                   BALLOTS must be POSTMARKED by NOVEMBER 2


                   placed in our secure drop box by 7:30 p.m. Election Night

Our Address is:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Wayne County Board of Elections

200 Vanover Street

Wooster, OH 44691

Our 24-hour drop box has a new look!           


**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.