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.


Ballot Drop Box at 200 Vanover Street, Wooster.
December 3, 2019 / By Wayne County Board of Elections



Primary Election 2020

March 17, 2020

Per Orders by the Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Governor, and the Ohio Secretary of State,

in-person voting on March 17, 2020 was POSTPONED! 

New Date is April 28, 2020

There will be NO regular in person voting.

As directed by the Ohio Legislature via House Bill 197, we are accepting Applications for Absentee Ballots BY MAIL for Primary Election 2020.

Application Deadline is NOON on April 25, 2020

All ballots MUST be POSTMARKED by April 27, 2020

Applications are available online at www.WayneCountyOH.gov 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 as set forth by the Ohio Department of Health.  However, we are open if personal assistance is necessary.

Our office will be happy to assist you by telephone at 330-287-5480 OR via email at [email protected].


CLICK HERE for Application for Absentee Form


ALL registration and candidate filing deadlines for the Primary Election will stand!






Election Notice for use With the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) R.C. 3511.16 - 46 Day Notice

   --this document has a complete listing of candidates and issues



The following Candidate(s) have OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWN from the ballot in the State of Ohio:     Cory Booker - Democrat

     Others who may have suspended their campaigns did not meet the February 7, 2020 deadline for withdrawal in Ohio and will remain on the ballot.

 So what happens to votes cast for candidates who have suspended their campaigns but remain on the Ohio ballot?

     All votes for candidates appearing on the Ohio Ballot and did not withdraw in Ohio prior to the deadline will be counted.  Delegates will be assigned/reassigned according to the rules of the Political Party prior to or at their National Convention when the Party Nominee is selected.


Click Here to look up your specific sample ballot

Six Week Election Notice - includes registration information

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.