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.

 

January 26, 2015 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted today offered more reasons why every vote matters and can often have a significant impact on the outcome of an election.

Based on a review of recounts conducted following the 2014 General Election on November 4th, seven local issues were decided by one vote or tied. In each of these instances, one person could have made the difference in deciding whether local taxes would go up, bond issues passed or an area restaurant or store could sell liquor.

“Whether it is a statewide or local issue, every ballot question has an impact on our lives and it is important that every voice is heard,” Secretary Husted said. “When voters stay home they allow others to make these decisions for them.”

Secretary Husted also noted why these findings reinforce the emphasis his administration places on making it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

“Accurate voter rolls and integrity in the elections process are always important, but when a single vote can carry such weight it raises the stakes,” Secretary Husted said. “We, as elections officials, continue to do our part to ensure casting a ballot is easy and the system is secure, but ultimately it is up to the voter to take advantage of the many opportunities to participate in every election.”

A total of 70 local issues and races have been decided by one vote or tied (based on a review of recounts conducted by the Secretary of State’s Office following the 2013 General, 2014 Primary and 2014 General elections).

Read more about Secretary Husted’s efforts to make it easy to vote here, to keep Ohio’s voter rolls accurate and up-to-date here, and on his vigilance in combatting voter fraud and voter suppression here and here.

December 8, 2014 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

The mission of the Wayne County Board of Elections is to conduct fair, honest and transparent elections for the citizens of our county. We simultaneously, in the words of Secretary of State Jon Husted, make it “easy to vote and hard to cheat.”

While our purpose is not to influence the amount of people who vote in any given election, it is still a by-product of what we do. So it’s been disappointing to see the lack of voter participation in local and state elections the past two years, capped by an extremely low turnout for this past November general election.

The best way to understand exactly how poor voter turnout has been the last two years is to look at comparable elections from the past.

For the general election of 2013, Wayne County had a total of 15,031 people vote, or 20.63 percent of all registered voters. By comparison, the 2009 general election, which featured the same local offices on the ballot, had 34,140 voters turnout, or 46.39 percent of registered voters.

Now fast forward to the general election of 2014. Only 27,297 Wayne County voters voted, or 37.39 percent of all registered voters. That’s 9 percent less than the 2009 general election, when there wasn’t a governor, representative to Congress or any statewide candidates on the ballot. When compared to the 2010 general election, the last election featuring the same offices, the 2014 general election looks even worse. That year, 38,869 people voted, or 51.83 percent of all registered voters in Wayne County.

This is not just a problem in Wayne County. Voter participation is down both statewide and around the country. The voter turnout for the November 2014 general election in Ohio was 36.2 percent, down 13 percentage points from just four years earlier. Nationwide just 36.4 percent of the voting-eligible population voted in this year’s general election, the lowest turnout since 1942 when many Americans were actively involved in World War II.

There are a myriad of reasons people give for not voting, but none of them are valid enough to warrant skipping any election. Voting is a sacred right that was written into our Constitution and fought for and defended throughout American history. Whether you realize it or not, the action of publicly elected officials, from the president down to local council members, affects the life of every single citizen. We shouldn’t have more people choosing not to participate in democracy than those that do. Can’t we do better than that?

Peter James, Director

Wayne County

Board of Elections

Nancy Hamilton receives a commemorative Wayne County flag from the Commissioners.
December 2, 2014 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

By BOBBY WARREN Staff Writer Published: December 1, 2014 4:00AM

WOOSTER — Wayne County’s top election official just did not want to go through another presidential election, and she won’t have to. She’s retiring.

Director Nancy Hamilton, who has been at the Board of Elections for 19 years, is retiring at the end of November.

“It’s time,” Hamilton said. “I didn’t want to be here for another presidential election. Let the new blood take over. Technology was passing me by.”

While Hamilton alleged technology was passing her by, she was praised for her information technology work by Jean Mohr, the Democratic chairwoman of the Board of Elections, and Dorothy Ginther, a former Republican board member.

“She has stepped up and taken care of the IT stuff that no one would,” Mohr said.

“She did her job the way she was supposed to, and she knows technology — though she will tell you she doesn’t,” Ginther said.

“I asked her to come work for the Board of Elections part time,” said Jim Carmichael, a former chairman of the Wayne County Republican Party and former board member. “I knew her and her family for years. I thought she would be a really good worker, and it turned out to be true.”

“Nancy was a huge asset to the Board of Elections,” said Sue Smail, chairwoman of the Wayne County Republican Party. “Her work ethic, organization and knowledge will be greatly missed. Experience is hard to replace.”

Earl Kerr, a Republican on the board, said when Hamilton retires, her 19 years of experience will be more than all of the remaining workers combined. “We will miss her, her (institutional) memory and her experience. That’s a lot to lose.”

“Nancy has done a fantastic job,” said Betsy Sheets, chairwoman of the Wayne County Democratic Party and board member. “She did an excellent job as director reorganizing and streamlining things.”

“She was a joy to work with,” said Carolyn Carmichael, a former Republican board member. “She was very open to suggestions. She was a really hard worker, and she worked well with staff.”

Joy Varner, a Democrat who served on the board, said Hamilton was very professional and good with the public.

Regional liaison Marilyn Jacobcik brought Hamilton a commendation from Secretary of State Jon Husted.

“Nancy always has such a pleasant smile and personality,” Jacobcik said. “She always seems to take things in stride. In this business, that is not always easy to do.”

Wayne County commissioners Ann Obrecht, Scott Wiggam and Jim Carmichael presented Hamilton with a county flag and praised her work as an elections worker and director.

With Hamilton retiring, Peter James, a Democrat, has been promoted to director from deputy director. Julie Leathers, a Republican and former Orrville councilwoman, is the deputy director.

“Nancy has been the unsung hero of the Wayne County Board of Elections,” James said. “Without her guidance and leadership during the 2012 presidential election, the outcome, at least from an elections administration standpoint, would have been quite different.

“Nancy’s greatest asset is her ability to communicate and teach what she has learned. There really isn’t another job or career that can prepare you for working at the Board of Elections. It just takes time and experience, and for me, Nancy has significantly shortened my learning curve by sharing literally everything she learned.”

James said his immediate goal is to maintain and build upon the foundation Hamilton has built.

“If our office can oversee the fair, honest and efficient elections that took place under Nancy’s leadership, we will have been successful,” James said.

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

November 26, 2014 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Below are results from the November 4, 2014 General Election:

Election By The Numbers:

  • A total of 27,297 Wayne County voters turned out to vote for the November 4, 2014 General Election. That was 37.39% of registered voters (72,998). By comparison, the 2010 General Election, which featured the same offices on the ballot, had 38,869 voters turnout, or 51.83% of the registered voters (74,988).
  • The precinct with the largest turnout was Sugar Creek Twp. #1, with 58.77% of the registered voters in that precinct voting. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Wooster 2-C, with just 9.71% of registered voters casting a ballot.
May 24, 2014 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Election By The Numbers:

  • A total of 9,146 Wayne County voters (unofficially) turned out to vote for the May 6, 2014 General Election. That was 12.6% of registered voters (72,594). By comparison, the 2010 Primary Election, which featured the same offices on the ballot (but more local and state issues), had 22,161 voters turnout, or 29.91% of the registered voters (74,104).
  • The precinct with the largest turnout was Plain Twp. #2, with 27.14% of the registered voters in that precinct voting. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Wooster 2-C, with just 1.9% of registered voters casting a ballot.
September 26, 2013 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Election By The Numbers:

  • A total of 15,031 Wayne County voters turned out to vote for the November 5, 2013 General Election. That was 20.63% of registered voters (72,867). By comparison, the 2009 General Election, which featured the same offices on the ballot (but more local and state issues), had 34,140 voters turnout, or 46.39% of the registered voters (73,588).
  • The precinct with the largest turnout was Sugar Creek Twp. #4, with 46.71% of the regsitered voters in that precinct (Dalton Village) voting. The precinct with the lowest turnout was Wooster 2-C, with just 3.61% of registered voters casting a ballot.
September 3, 2013 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

The Wayne County Board of Elections has changed the location of a number of precincts in the county, effective for the November 5, 2013 General Election. The process to determine the new locations has taken place over a period of 14 months. The driving force behind most of the changes is improved compliance with the American With Disabilities Act (ADA). The Department of Justice requires that polling locations meet a number of standards for accessibility. In an effort to better improve access to all Wayne County voters, we identified a number of voting locations that are improvements over existing locations. We tried as much as possible to select locations that are centrally located for the voters they serve.

Below is a list of new precincts. All voters affected by these changes should have received a postcard in the mail informing them of this change. Thank you for your patience during this transition period.

Old Precinct New Precinct
Ritt-2: Fire Station Autumnwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center - 275 E. Sunset Dr., Rittman
Ritt-3: Rittman Presby Church Rittman Recreation Center - 200 Saurer St., Rittman
Ritt-4: United Methodist Church Rittman Recreation Center - 200 Saurer St., Rittman
Ritt-5: Rittman Christian Church Rittman Recreation Center - 200 Saurer St., Rittman
1-D: Gault Learning Center First Presbyterian Church - 621 College Ave., Wooster
1-E: Lamplighters Wooster Community Center - 241 S. Bever St., Wooster
4-B: Westminster Church First Presbyterian Church - 621 College Ave., Wooster
4-C: Heartland Christian Ctr.* Move to new Worship Center at same location.
4-G: Kinney Building^ Parkview Christian Church - 1912 Burbank Rd., Wooster
Ca-2: Trinity United Methodist Burbank Parke Care Center - 14976 Burbank Rd., Burbank
Ca-4: Creston Fire Station Canaan Free Will Baptist Church - 12723 Cleveland Rd., Creston
Chip-9: Chippewa High School Doylestown United Methodist Church - 153 Church St., Doylestown
Cli-2/Cli-3: Shreve Christian Shreve United Methodist (Family Activities Center) - 430 N. Main St., Shreve
Con-3: Congress Twp. House Old Stone Church - 6000 Congress Rd., Wooster
EU-2: Southwood Lumber The Pines Golf Club (Restaurant) - 1319 N. Millborne Rd., Orrville
Gr-1: Orrville YMCA^ Wayne College (Smucker Multipurpose Room) - 1901 Smucker Rd., Orrville
Gr-5: Wayne College* Move to the Smucker Multipurpose Room in Wayne College
Pt-1: Village Building Paint Township Fire Department - 15987 Main St., Mt. Eaton
Salt-1: Town Hall Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church - 201 N. Mill St., Fredericksburg
Way-2: Wayne Twp. Garage^ Church of the Cross Methodist - 5100 Cleveland Rd, Wooster
Wst-1: Lamplighters Combined with Wooster Twp. 2
Wst-2: Twp. Fire Station The Cat's Meow Village - 2163 Great Trails Dr., Wooster
Wst-3: Triway High School New Hope Community Church - 969 Blachleyville Rd., Wooster

*moving within the same facility
^moving to an existing precinct facility

December 3, 2012 / By Wayne County Board of Elections

Election by the Numbers

  • A total of 51,562 voters (66.36%) turned out to vote in the 2012 General Election in Wayne County, compared to 52,894 (72.24%) that voted in the 2008 General Election.
  • A total of 15,530 people voted via absentee/early (either via the mail or in office), compared to 12,536 people who voted absentee/early in the 2008 General Election.
  • A total of 1,115 provisional ballots were counted, or slightly over 2% of all ballots cast.
  • The precinct with the largest turnout of voters was Wooster 2-B with 1,112, followed by Wooster 4-G (1,075) and Wooster 3-C (1,048).

Presidential Vote Breakdown by City/Townships

  • Orrville: Mitt Romney (1,948/53.74%), Barack Obama (1,591/43.89%), Gary Johnson (32/0.88%), Jill Stein (20/0.55%), Richard Duncan (16/0.44%), Virgil Goode (15/0.41%), Stewart Alexander (3/0.01%)
  • Rittman: Mitt Romney (1,241/50.65%), Barack Obama (1,158/47.27%), Gary Johnson (18/0.74%), Jill Stein (13/0.53%), Virgil Goode (11/0.45%), Richard Duncan (8/0.33%), Stewart Alexander (1/0.01%)
  • Wooster: Barack Obama (6,362/51.29%), Mitt Romney (5,816/46.89%), Gary Johnson (124/1.00%), Jill Stein (37/0.30%), Richard Duncan (32/0.26%), Virgil Goode (25/0.20%), Stewart Alexander (8/0.01%)
  • Baughman Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,078/63.83%), Barack Obama (568/33.63%), Gary Johnson (22/1.30%), Jill Stein (9/0.53%), Virgil Goode (6/0.35%), Richard Duncan (5/0.30%), Stewart Alexander (1/0.01%)
  • Canaan Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,388/61.58%), Barack Obama (823/36.51%), Richard Duncan (12/0.54%),Gary Johnson (10/0.45%), Jill Stein (9/0.40%), Virgil Goode (8/0.36%), Stewart Alexander (2/0.01%)
  • Chester Twp.: Mitt Romney (1005/67.40%), Barack Obama (457/30.65%), Gary Johnson (15/1.01%), Jill Stein (6/0.41%), Richard Duncan (5/0.34%), Virgil Goode (2/0.14%), Stewart Alexander (1/0.01%)
  • Chippewa Twp.: Mitt Romney (2,930/57.10%), Barack Obama (2,099/40.90%), Gary Johnson (44/0.86%), Richard Duncan (17/0.33%), Virgil Goode (13/0.25%), Jill Stein (11/0.21%), Stewart Alexander (4/0.01%)
  • Clinton Twp.: Mitt Romney (886/61.83%), Barack Obama (494/34.47%), Gary Johnson (18/1.26%), Richard Duncan (13/0.91%), Jill Stein (6/o.42%), Stewart Alexander (4/o.28%), Virgil Goode (3/0.21%)
  • Congress Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,219/62.19%), Barack Obama (705/35.97%), Gary Johnson (9/0.46%), Richard Duncan (9/0.46%), Jill Stein (6/0.31%), Virgil Goode (4/0.20%), Stewart Alexander (1/o.o1%)
  • East Union Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,600/67.83%), Barack Obama (701/29.72%), Gary Johnson (24/1.02%), Virgil Goode (16/0.68%), Jill Stein (8/0.34%), Richard Duncan (5/0.21%), Stewart Alexander (4/0.17%)
  • Franklin Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,223/69.77%), Barack Obama (496/28.29%), Gary Johnson (13/0.74%), Richard Duncan (8/0.46%), Jill Stein (8/0.46%), Stewart Alexander (4/0.23%), Virgil Goode (0/0.00%)
  • Green Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,708/69.89%), Barack Obama (684/27.99%), Gary Johnson (23/0.94%), Jill Stein (12/0.49%), Richard Duncan (10/0.41%), Virgil Goode (4/0.16%), Stewart Alexander (2/0.01%)
  • Milton Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,067/70.24%), Barack Obama (429/28.24%), Gary Johnson (13/0.86%), Virgil Goode (5/0.33%), Richard Duncan (2/0.13%), Jill Stein (1/0.01%), Stewart Alexander (0/0.00%)
  • Paint Twp.: Mitt Romney (480/83.62%), Barack Obama (81/14.11%), Gary Johnson (8/1.39%), Virgil Goode (2/0.35%), Richard Duncan (1/0.17%), Jill Stein (1/0.17%), Stewart Alexander (0/0.00%)
  • Plain Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,061/68.14%), Barack Obama (463/29.74%), Gary Johnson (9/0.58%), Jill Stein (9/0.58%), Richard Duncan (8/0.51%), Virgil Goode (4/0.26%), Stewart Alexander (0/0.00%)
  • Salt Twp.: Mitt Romney (445/73.19%), Barack Obama (142/23.36%), Gary Johnson (8/1.32%), Virgil Goode (7/1.15%), Richard Duncan (5/0.82%), Jill Stein (0/0.00%), Stewart Alexander (0.00%)
  • Sugar Twp.: Mitt Romney (2,137/71.45%), Barack Obama (797/26.65%), Gary Johnson (28/0.94%), Virgil Goode (9/0.30%), Richard Duncan (6/0.20%), Jill Stein (6/0.20%), Stewart Alexander (4/0.13%)
  • Wayne Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,413/63.53%), Barack Obama (769/34.58%), Gary Johnson (21/0.94%), Jill Stein (8/0.36%), Richard Duncan (5/0.22%), Virgil Goode (4/0.18%), Stewart Alexander (3/0.13%)
  • Wooster Twp.: Mitt Romney (1,506/61.12%), Barack Obama (905/36.73%), Jill Stein (14/0.57%), Richard Duncan (12/0.49%), Gary Johnson (11/0.45%), Virgil Goode (8/0.33%), Stewart Alexander (2/0.01%)