The Board of Elections is responsible for ensuring fair, accurate, and timely elections
for primary, general, and special elections. These responsibilities include the assurance that adequate supplies of ballots and absentee voter materials are available for elections, and that provisions are made for candidates to declare their candidacy
for an office, based on the timeframe established by the Ohio Revised Code. The office also receives petitions for nominations, checks signatures and addresses for validity, and monitors campaign expenses to ensure compliance with the law.
Ottawa County has a total
population of 41,428 (2010 census); and a total voter registration of approximately 29,000, an increase of nearly 5,000 voters since January 1994, when the National Voter Registration Act was passed.
The Board of Elections is completely
computerized, which includes the digitalization of signatures. This
allows the board to efficiently print its own precinct rosters and
post lists for elections, as well as to supply lists and labels to
candidates and the public at a nominal cost. Residents of Ottawa
County can register to vote at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles, the Ottawa County Clerk of
Courts Title Office, any public library or the Board of Elections
Office at 8444 W. St. Rt. 163, Oak Harbor.
In order to keep our voter records up-to-date and to save voters time at the polls, it is imperative that voters
alert us to any change of address as soon as possible after moving. Address
changes can be submitted by clicking on the link above ("Update
Your Ohio Voting Address"), coming in to the office at 8444 West State Route
163, Oak Harbor, or requesting a form by phone at 419-898-3071.