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, the Ohio Secretary of State has issued multiple Directives requiring extensive measures to ensure the security and integrity of our election systems.  This comprehensive, multi-faceted security strategy for both local board of elections and the state provides the redundancy required of a strong election system infrastructure.  The requirements made Ohio a National Model for Election Security and ensured Ohio's election systems were in the best possible position for Election 2020 and beyond.

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.

Voting and tabulation systems are never exposed to the internet and are "stand alone" systems. These systems are subjected to extensive logic and accuracy testing procedures prior to each election to ensure accuracy and integrity. 

 

December 4, 2020 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

ELECTIONS 2021

Applications for Absentee Ballots by mail for 2021 Elections can be submitted after January 1, 2021.  REMINDER...a separate application must be submitted for EACH Election.  Click Here for application--complete, print and sign.  Completed applications can be placed in our secure drop box or mailed to our offices at 200 Vanover Street, Wooster, OH 44691.

Important Dates 2021

  • Primary Election - May 4, 2021

    • Filing Deadline - Candidates & Issues - February 3 at 4 p.m.

    • Filing Deadline - Write-In Candidates - February 22 at 4 p.m.

    • Registration Deadline - April 5 - office open until 9 p.

    • Absentee/Early Voting Begins - April 6 - Early Vote Center calendar coming soon!

    • Deadline for Application for Absentee - May 1 at Noon

    • Early Voting ENDS - May 3 at 2 p.m.

 

  • Special Election - August 3, 2021

    • Filing Deadline - Issues - May 5 at 4 p.

    • Registration Deadline - July 6

    • Absentee/Early Voting Begins - July 7

    • Deadline for Application for Absentee - July 31 at Noon

    • Early Voting ENDS - August 2 at 2 p.m.

 

  • General Election - November 2, 2021

    • Filing Deadline - Candidates & Issues - August 4 at 4 p.

    • Filing Deadline - Write-In Candidates - August 23 at 4 p.

    • Registration Deadline - October 4 - office open until 9 p.

    • Absentee/Early Voting Begins - October 5

    • Deadline for Application for Absentee - October 30 at Noon

    • Early Voting ENDS - November 1 at 2 p.m.

 

 

 

November 27, 2018 / By Wayne County Board of Elections
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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.