Election Officials' Resources

ADA Resources

On July 26, 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted. The Act provides standards to ensure that each polling location is handicapped accessible so those voters with disabilities are able to participate in the elections process just as easily as those voters without disabilities.

For more information please contact Brett Harbage, ADA Coordinator at (614) 387-6039 or bharbage@ohiosecretaryofstate.gov.

Polling Location Accessibility

State Policy for the Transfer/Disposal of Accessibility Equipment Paid for with HHS Funds

Relevant Links

 

Election Administration Plans

As outlined in the Election Officials Manual, Chapter 15, boards of elections are required to develop and submit election administration plans (EAP) to the Secretary of State. Please see the template below that must be used for submission of the EAP. Deadlines for submission of the plan are sixty (60) days prior to a presidential primary election and one-hundred twenty (120) days before an even-numbered general election.

NVRA Information

The National Voter Registration Act was enacted by Congress in 1993. The goal of the Act was to enhance voting opportunities for all Americans by requiring the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and many public assistance agencies to offer voter registration simultaneously with other services. Specifically, citizens may register at all Bureau of Motor Vehicle locations when they apply for or renew a driver's license. Section 7 of the Act requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at offices that provide public assistance and state-funded programs engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities.

Citizens may register at "designated" agencies such as:

  • Department of Job and Family Services
  • Department of Health's Women, Infant & Children program
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities
  • Public high schools
  • Public vocational schools
  • Public libraries
  • County treasurers' offices

The Secretary of State works to ensure compliance with the requirements of the NVRA by supporting agencies by supplying important resources, training, and instructions on how to conduct voter registration. The information below will assist agencies and voters in understanding their rights and responsibilities under the NVRA.