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 has recently completed an Elections Infrastructure Security Assessment (EISA), which encompasses hardware and software upgrades, vulnerability scans, network testing, and outlines 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 outlines a host of security measures that each Ohio County Board of Elections must adhere to by January 2020.  WCBOE is in the process of working through various measures to comply with this Directive.

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.


January 3, 2017 / By Wayne County Board of Elections


You can now register to vote online!  Click here to get more information about voter registration and to access a link to the online registration site. 

News Release from Ohio Secretary of State Husted.....



Ohio's Online Voter Registration System is Now Live

Sunday, January 1, 2017

COLUMBUS – In the first media announcement of the New Year, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced that the state’s new online voter registration system has gone live at midnight.

"Raise a glass of champagne, offer a toast, get online and register to vote,” Secretary Husted said.

Ohioans wishing to register to vote or update their registration can visit MyOhioVote.com/VoterRegistration to get started.

At Secretary Husted’s request, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 63, which authorizes the use of online voter registration in Ohio. The bill allows the system to be made available to Ohioans as early as January 1, 2017.

Secretary Husted has long been an advocate for online voter registration in Ohio, which has proven in other states to save between 50 cents and $2.34 per registration, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts. Between 2011 and 2016, the state could have saved between $3.7 million and $17.3 million.

Online voter registration is more convenient, more secure, more accurate and less costly than the paper voter registration alone and I am proud that we will finally be able to provide this service to Ohio voters,” Secretary Husted said.

Online voter registration is more secure than paper registration alone as the online system will immediately check a voter’s eligibility prior to accepting the registration. With an automated system, the risk of human error is also significantly reduced.

Secretary Husted’s proposal earned the support of individuals and groups throughout the state, including the Ohio Association of Election Officials, the County Commissioners’ Association of Ohio, the 32nd Chief of Staff of the United States Army, General Gordon Sullivan (U.S. Army, Retired), the Association of the United States Army, the Federal Voting Assistance Program, and many others. Secretary Husted also obtained the support of a number of retired military officials who expressed the significant benefit online voter registration could provide to service members.

August 25, 2016 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Our Post-Election Audit will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. on December 12, 2016 in the Metzler Room.


If you are unable to locate your voter registration information but think you are registered to vote and you have not moved outside of your county of prior registration, you may be eligible to cast a provisional ballot during in-person absentee voting period at an appropriate early voting location or the county board of elections, or on Election Day at the correct polling place for your current address that may be counted. We encourage you to check your registration status by contacting your local county board of elections. To find your polling place, please click here or call your county board of elections. Click here for a full listing of Boards of Elections.

Sample Ballots for each precinct for the 2016 General Election have been posted. 

Please click "Sample Ballot" box on homepage to look up your ballot!

Important message from Ohio Secretary of State Husted

What happens to your ballot?  Click here for Video from Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

October 13, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

By PETER JAMES Wayne County Board of Elections Published: October 12, 2015 4:00AM

There are two new technological tools that will be available to voters in Wayne County starting with the Nov. 3 general election. It’s the hope and expectation of the Wayne County Board of Elections that these new features will improve the efficiency of processing voters at the polls on Election Day, while providing the public with essential election information online.

For the first time each precinct in Wayne County will have an electronic poll book. E-poll books, as they are commonly referred to, were used as part of a pilot in a small August special election. From that test, we selected the Poll Pad from a company called KNOWiNK, which uses the Apple iPad tablet.

There are several advantages to the Poll Pad. First, it will greatly reduce the time it takes to check in a voter. This is done in two main ways. One, the Poll Pad allows a poll worker to quickly scan a driver’s license (or state ID) and pull up the correct voter. Two, if a voter doesn’t have a photo ID, there’s a manual lookup option that can quickly identify the voter.

Another advantage of the Poll Pad is that unlike the old paper signature poll books, every voter in the county is loaded into the iPad tablet. So if a voter is at the wrong precinct, the poll workers are still able to identify the voter and print out a ticket listing the name and address of the correct precinct to hand to the voter.

Looking to the future, the Poll Pad offers even more features that we will take advantage of in Wayne County. Starting in 2016, the Poll Pad will also automatically encode the voter access card that is used to program the ballot on the electronic voting machines. This will ensure a voter receives the correct ballot 100 percent of the time. When Ohio law permits, the Poll Pads will be able to communicate, through a wireless connection, with all the other Poll Pads in the county on Election Day, which will eventually allow for large voting centers. There are significant cost savings, as well as convenience advantages, to voting centers.

Also new for this election is an online tool called Voter View. Available on our website (http://votewayne.org), Voter View allows a voter to complete four election-related tasks — check their voter registration (or that of another person), locate their polling place, view a sample ballot (can be found by looking up a name in the Registration Information section), and track their absentee ballot if they requested one to be mailed to them. All of this information is public record and has been available before, but never online in one location.

I’d like to close by making two points. One, we are implementing the Poll Pads now so that we have a countywide election under our belt using this new technology before we enter the 2016 Presidential election year. With anything new, there’s always a learning curve. Two, neither of these new features is changing how you vote. If you still prefer to vote a paper ballot at your home, that doesn’t change. The only changes are improved efficiency and a better voting experience.

Peter James is the director of the Wayne County Board of Elections.

August 18, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: August 18, 2015 4:00AM

WOOSTER — While the sample size was small, the response was huge: Go with the KNOWiNK electronic poll books.

The Wayne County Board of Elections, based on the recommendations of the director, deputy director and a limited number of poll workers and voters, authorized the purchase of KNOWiNK’s version of the e-poll books.

Only a handful of precincts were open for the Aug. 4 special election, and poll workers and voters had the chance to try out two e-poll books during a pilot program, one from KNOWiNK and the other from Everybody Counts.

“We liked both companies, and we kind of hoped one would kind of stand out, and that’s what happened,” Director Peter James told board members Earl Kerr, Jean Mohr, Betsy Sheets and Sue Donohoe. “KNOWiNK did very well. It was pretty much unanimous. They all had the same sentiment: KNOWiNK was easier to use and better.”

There had been some hope the e-poll book from ES&S would rise to the top because the board already works with the company on its voter registration system and its touchscreen voting machines.

“ES&S would have been an elegant solution,” said Kerr, the board’s chairman.

However, the ES&S product was more expensive, and Deputy Director Julie Leathers said it comes with a “per-election charge” in order to convert the data.

“It’s really unnecessary,” James said of the data conversion charge.

While it might have been convenient to deal with one company for all three major computerized components of elections — voter registration, voting machines and e-poll books, Mohr said, “I have some qualms about all of it being in one company’s hands.”

“I’ve been very impressed with Everybody Counts, but they did not pass the test,” Kerr said. When he was at the voting locations, everyone liked KNOWiNK.

Eric Weltlich, voting location manager at Wayne Township precincts 1 and 3, worked with KNOWiNK’s version, which utilizes an Apple iPad. Lisa Black, a precinct worker, was using Everyone Counts’ model, which runs on a Samsung tablet powered by the Android operating system. They liked how KNOWiNK’s e-poll book allowed voters to swipe their driver’s licenses through a card reader, and it would call up the voting information. Voters could also punch in a few characters of their last names, and their information would be displayed on the e-poll book.

The e-poll books are very fast and can validate a voter in about half of the time.

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted informed boards of elections recently they will be receiving state funding to offset investments counties will need to make for the new equipment. Wayne County is slated to receive $121,000. It will have to come up with a 15 percent match.

The board also certified the results of the special election and certified 145 candidates for the November election.

Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or bwarren@the-daily-record.com. He is @BobbyWarrenTDR on Twitter.

August 13, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today certified that petitioners seeking to place a constitutional amendment on the November 2015 ballot have collected 44,185 additional, supplemental signatures. This number joins the 276,082 valid signatures the group submitted on June 30, 2015 for a total of 320,267 valid signatures. The petitioners, known as ResponsibleOhio, needed to gather 305,591 signatures in order to secure a place on the ballot, a number equal to 10 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014.

As part of the total number of signatures needed to place the measure on the ballot, petitioners are also required to have submitted signatures from at least 44 of Ohio’s 88 counties, and within each of those counties, collected enough signatures equal to five percent of the total vote cast for governor in the most recent gubernatorial election, 2014. The petitioners met this requirement in their first signature submission, having collected enough signatures to meet the five percent threshold in 73 counties.

Having met the constitutional and legal requirements to place the matter before Ohio voters, the issue will appear on the ballot during the General Election held on November 3, 2015. The next step in the process is for the Ballot Board to convene to approve the ballot language that voters will consider this fall.

It is the constitutional and statutory duty of the Secretary of State to verify and certify signatures submitted for citizen-initiated constitutional amendments, initiated statutes and legislative referenda.

Additional Information:
Supplemental Signature Submission Totals (invalid total includes those found on invalid part-petitions)
Constitutional Amendment Proposed by ResponsibleOhio
Procedure for a Citizen-Initiated Constitutional Amendment

August 4, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Registered voters in Green and Wayne Townships are eligible to vote on the Central Fire District Tax Levy.

July 20, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

The Ohio Association of Elected Officials (OAEO), of which the Wayne County Board of Elections is a member of, was successful in lobbying the Ohio General Assembly to several election-related amendments in the state budget that was signed into law on June 30, 2015:

  1. $1.25 million for absentee application mailing in the 2016 general election
  2. Elimination of February special election and 65% “prepay” for the August special
  3. $12.75 million for an 85%-15% state-local match for e-poll books

Wayne County anticipates purchasing e-poll books for countywide use beginning with the November 3, 2015 General Election. We will have more information on this in the coming months. We will be piloting two e-poll book products in the August 4, 2015 Special Election.

UPDATE: The Ohio Secretary of State’s office released an Advisory (2015-04) outlining the changes to the administering of elections in Ohio.

July 7, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: July 6, 2015 4:00AM

WOOSTER — Nearly 30,000 pieces of mail have been sent to voters in Wayne and Holmes counties asking them to update their records due to inactivity or possible changes of address.

The staff in Wayne County sent out more than 22,000 forms to registered voters who have not cast ballots since the 2012 presidential election or might have changed addresses. The number in Holmes County was about 4,300.

The numbers are high in Wayne County because so many people registered for the 2012 presidential election, Deputy Director Julie Leathers said. The inactivity could be due to a lot of uncontested races.

The form, which comes from Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, informs voters the elections records show there has not been any activity or there might have been a change of address. The voters are then asked to update their voting records. They can either fill in the form and send it back in the self-addressed, prepaid envelope, or they go to www.myohiovote.com and update the information online.

In Wayne County, nearly 2,300 pieces were sent due to differences in the National Change of Address database. In Holmes County, the number was 359.

Husted’s office has access to the database, and every year the information is compared to the voter registrations, said Lisa Welch, director of the Holmes County Board of Elections. The NCOA notifications had been done every other year during the odd years, but now it is done annually, Welch said. Because it is done every year, the numbers have been shrinking.

There will be a special election in Wayne County on Aug. 4, and there will only be one issue: A 3.5-mill replacement levy for the Central Fire District. There is one issue on the ballot in

Holmes County, a 2.5-mill renewal of a road levy in Ripley Township.

The Central Fire District levy, if approved, will return the millage to its original 3.5 mills, and it will increase property owners’ taxes. It is to fund fire and emergency services for a continuing period of time. Precincts in Green and Wayne townships will be open for voters. Precinct 1 is at Wayne College; precincts 2 and 3 will be combined at Smithville United Methodist Church; Wayne Townships precincts 1 and 3 will be combined at the Church of the Cross United Methodist Church; and Precinct 2 is at Alice Noble Ice Arena. Polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on election day.

The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 4 election is today. In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday.

For more information, call the Wayne County Board of Elections at 330-287-5480 or visit www.votewayne.org for more information; or the Holmes County Board of Elections at 330-674-5921 or www.holmescountyboardofelections.com.

Reporter Bobby Warren can be reached at 330-287-1639 or bwarren@the-daily-record.com. He is @BobbyWarrenTDR on Twitter.

June 24, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today praised the Ohio Senate for their passage of Senate Bill 63, sponsored by State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley), which seeks to grant authorization to the Secretary of State to implement an online voter registration system in Ohio.

“This is another step in making it easy to vote and hard to cheat in Ohio by improving voter access and implementing additional security measures,” Secretary Husted said.

Online voter registration would create a more secure and efficient registration system while also serving as a significantly less costly way to register new voters. An analysis of other states shows that online voter registration can save between 50 cents and $2.34 per registration when compared to the traditional paper form. If an online system had been in place in Ohio between 2011 and 2014, the state’s local governments could have saved between $2.8 and $13.2 million.

Secretary Husted also announced his initiative has so far garnered support from county commissioners in 45 of Ohio’s 88 counties, the County Commissioners Association of Ohio, the Ohio Association of Elections Officials, and election officials from across the state.

“I am grateful to President Faber and Senator LaRose for their leadership in getting this issue passed and bringing us another step closer to providing this important tool to Ohio voters ahead of the 2016 Presidential Election,” Secretary Husted said. “I look forward to working with the members of the Ohio House to see the proposal become a reality.”

The legislation passed the Ohio Senate with strong bipartisan support and will now proceed to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.