What Is the Role of the Ohio Board of Elections?

The role of Ohio’s Boards of Elections is to administer local elections. Ohio’s 88 counties each have a separate Board of Elections. Each Board of Elections accepts petitions for local, legislative and congressional district offices. Local candidates, political parties and political action committees have to file campaign finance reports at their county Board of Elections.

Each Board of Elections has a governing board made up of four persons, two from each political party. The Boards of Elections are responsible for the registration of voters. A voter can modify his address with his local Board of Elections to ensure the accuracy of the voter record. The Boards also provide information about voting requirements and polling locations to the residents of their respective counties.

The Boards of Elections process applications for absentee voting and accept absentee ballots. The operation and maintenance of voting machines is the responsibility of the Boards of Elections. The Boards also certify election results.

Ohio’s Boards of Elections receive legal guidance, information about election procedures and training from the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office. A complete directory of the Boards of Elections is available on the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. The directory contains the address, contact information and website of each Board of Elections.