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Office-wide Publications
Secretary Husted's Biography

Secretary of State Jon Husted's Biography

Learn more about Secretary of State Jon Husted.

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

The 2013 Annual Report details the accomplishments of the Secretary of State's office during Fiscal Year 2013. This report is required by Ohio Revised Code 149.01.

MRV - Military Ready to Vote

Military Ready to Vote

Military Ready-to-Vote (MRV) provides voting materials, information and assistance to ensure Ohio service members serving on active duty have everything they need to participate in Ohio elections while they are in the service of the country.

If you are a military organization and in need of a large quantity, please contact our Military Liaison by clicking here, to make arrangements.

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Ohio Voter Passport

Ohio Voter Passport

Ohio Voter Passport (OVP) provides information for Ohio overseas residents who wish to participate in the election process.

OVP Posters:

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Ohio Military Votes Information Card

OhioMilitaryVotes.com is a one-stop shop to support and honor Ohio service men and women on Election Day. This card has information on Military Ready-to-Vote and Vote in Honor of a Veteran, two Ohio Secretary of State initiatives to provide assistance to members of the military who wish to vote and help Ohioans honor those who have served.  

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Profile Ohio

Ohio Business Profile Information Card

The Ohio Business Profile (OBP) is an ongoing effort to recognize the impact of businesses in Ohio. The OBP Information Card contains more information about the program and ways you can submit a business you think should be featured. Suggest a business online and learn more about the program by visiting www.OhioBusinessProfile.com

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Profile Ohio

Profile Ohio

Ohio is a state as diverse as its people. Profile Ohio provides information about Ohio's statehood, government structure and locations and people of interest. Profile Ohio serves as a first step to learning about the State of Ohio.

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Rule Making Process for the Secretary of State

Rule Making Process for the Secretary of State

The Guide to the Rule Making Process for the Ohio Secretary of State focuses on the agency's rule-making authority under the Administrative Procedure Act.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

Vote in Honor of a Veteran Materials

Vote in Honor of a Veteran Materials

Through the Vote in Honor of a Veteran (VIHOV) initiative, you can demonstrate the pride you feel for an individual veteran and, at the same time, encourage others to exercise their right to vote when you go to the polls on Election Day. For more information visit www.OhioMilitaryVotes.com.

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Business Services publications
Starting a Business in Ohio Checklist

Starting a Business in Ohio Checklist

The Starting a Business in Ohio Checklist assists Ohioans in starting their business through a basic checklist that all soon-to-be business owners should keep in mind.

Services for Existing Businesses
 

Services for Existing Businesses

The Services for Existing Businesses flyer provides an overview of programs available from the Secretary of State’s office for current business owners in Ohio.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio

Starting a business is a procedure that requires a great deal of planning and work. The Guide to Starting a Corporation in Ohio serves as a resource regarding the incorporation process in Ohio.

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Guide to starting a Limited liability company  in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio

The Guide to Starting a Limited Liability Company in Ohio provides important information on how to navigate the formation and filing process with the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organization in Ohio

Nonprofit organizations serve residents throughout Ohio. The Guide to Starting a Nonprofit Organizations in Ohio is a general overview of requirements and resources for nonprofit organizations.

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Guide to starting a partnership in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Partnership in Ohio

The Guide to Starting a Partnership outlines the process and requirements one needs to know when forming and operating a partnership in Ohio. 

 

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Guide to starting a sole proprietorship in Ohio

Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship in Ohio

The Guide to Starting a Sole Proprietorship is meant to provide information to those who plan to operate their business as a sole proprietorship.

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Guide to Secured Transaction Filings in Ohio

Guide to Secured Transactions Filings in Ohio

The Guide to Secured Transactions Filings in Ohio provides the requirements under Ohio law for Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings. The guide also explains Secretary of State policies regarding UCC filings.

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Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio

Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio

The Guide to Registering Your Trademark or Service Mark in Ohio assists Ohio business owners with filing an application for trademark or service mark with the Secretary of State's office

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Elections, Voters  and Candidates publications
Absentee Ballot Request

Absentee Ballot Request

If you want to vote absentee by mail in an upcoming election, you can fill out or download the Secretary of State's Absentee Ballot Request Form,  and mail it to your county board of elections. (click here for a boards of elections directory). For more information about voting absentee in Ohio, click here.

Other Absentee Ballot Forms:

** The online PDF form is designed to be filled out online if you choose. If you do fill the form out online, please print, sign and then place the form in an envelope and mail it to your local board of elections (click here for a boards of elections directory).

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Voter Access Guide

This Voter Access Guide includes general voter information as well as resources available to those voters with disabilities.

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Accessible Parking Guide

The Accessible Parking Guide outlines the standards and requirements for parking spaces at polling locations.

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Candidate Requirement Guide

Candidate Requirement Guide

Running for office? The Candidate Requirement Guide, which is updated on an annual basis, contains requirements and guidelines for those who choose to run for elected office.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

 

Ohio District Maps

Ohio District Maps provides maps and guides depicting district lines for the General Assembly, Congress, courts of appeals and the state board of education.

 

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Election Calendar

The Election Calendar provides dates and information on elections and campaign finance deadlines and events throughout each year.

2014 Election Calendar

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    (Includes Campaign Finance Reporting Dates Formatted for 8.5" X 11")

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Find a New Direction: Reclaim Your Right to Vote

This guide explains basic voting rights to eligible Ohio voters who have been convicted of a crime.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

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The Guide to Local Liquor Option Elections: Revised 2013

The Guide to Local Liquor Option Elections contains instructions describing how to petition for any local liquor option election involving the sale of intoxicating liquor or beer.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

Questions and Issues Handbook

Ohio Ballot Questions and Issues Handbook: Revised 2013

The Ohio Ballot Questions and Issues Handbook serves as a resource for boards of elections, taxing authorities and political subdivisions to placing questions and issues on the ballot.

This publication is available in electronic format only.

 

Precinct Election Official Materials

Precinct Election Officials Recruitment Materials

The Be a P.E.O. in Ohio materials provide a brief overview of the benefits and requirements for being a precinct election official by staffing a polling place on Election Day. Thousands of Ohioans play an important role in our democracy each year by helping to operate polling places and help safeguard the election process. The Be a P.E.O in Ohio card includes a detachable self-mailer which allows all eligible Ohioans to sign up for more information on becoming a P.E.O. The 11”x 17” poster, high school seniors flyer and refer a friend flyer all can be used in recruitment efforts to encourage greater participation in being a P.E.O in Ohio. More information and an online sign up form can also be found at www.PEOinOHIO.com.

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The Be a P.E.O. in Ohio card is available for order by clicking the Order Now button. All other publications are available in electronic format only.

Guide to Voting in Ohio

Guide to Voting in Ohio

The Guide to Voting in Ohio, provides general information about registering to vote and casting your ballot by mail or in person. The guide covers topics ranging from voter eligibility and registration to absentee balloting and Election Day procedures.

For more detailed information and resources, visit www.MyOhioVote.com.

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The United States Election Assistance Commission publishes Federal Voting Guides in multiple languages.  You may access them by clicking here.

Voter Registration Form

Voter Registration Form

You can fill out or download Ohio's Voter Registration form and mail it to your county board of elections (click here for a boards of elections directory). If you are conducting a voter registration drive and would like to request a large number of forms, call our request line at (614)466-3613.

  • Complete your Voter Registration Form Online ** The online PDF form is designed to be filled out online -- if you choose. If you do fill the form out online, please print, sign and then place the form in an envelope and mail it to your local board of elections (click here for a boards of elections directory).


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  • Voter Registration Form Instructions

    Voter Registration Instructions

    Voter Registration Instructions will educate you on how to complete a Voter Registration form. This brochure is a great resource if your organization is planning a voter registration drive.

    This publication is available in electronic format only.

    Campaign Finance Publications

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    Campaign Finance Handbook

    The Ohio Campaign Finance Handbook assists all reporting entities in navigating the various regulatory paths established by Ohio law.  Each of the handbook's chapters discusses specific entity types or areas of campaign finance activity and can serve as a map for the reader to understand each area of regulation and reporting applicable to their circumstance. 

    Local candidates and other political entities can also receive filing information from the board of elections located in their county. For a list of all county boards of elections, visit the board directory.


    This publication is available in electronic format only.

    Campaign Finance Limit Chart

    Contribution Limit Chart

    The Contribution Limit Chart is adjusted for inflation in each odd-numbered year.


    This publication is available in electronic format only.

    Reporting Calendar

    Reporting Calendar

    The Campaign Finance Reporting Calendar contains filing dates throughout the year. Filing entities submitting reports to a county board of elections should contact the board for special election dates and other filing deadlines. See Ohio Revised Code 3517.10 for complete details of the timing and requirements for most campaign finance reporting.


    This publication is available in electronic format only.

    Treasurer's Checklist

    Treasurer's Checklist

    The Treasurer's Checklist contains items needed for completing various reporting forms.


    This publication is available in electronic format only.

    Historical DOcuments

    The Ohio Secretary of State’s office serves as the keeper of many of the state’s historical records. The office compiles lists of elections results and is the filing location for all laws passed by the General Assembly. In keeping with its role as the state’s record keeper, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office hosts information about many of the state’s historical documents including:

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