The Board of Elections is responsible for ensuring fair, accurate, 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 computerized, including 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, 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.
Per directive 2016-39:
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 Ohio boards of elections.