Tuesday, Feb. 18, is the deadline to register to vote in the March 17 primary election.
Voters may go to the Williams County Board of Elections office at 1425 E. High St., Suite 104, Bryan, to register or update an existing registration, or go online at VoteOhio.gov. Voter registration forms also may be printed from the board office, from VoteOhio.gov, or from the library.
The Williams County Elections Board has extended absentee/early voting hours for the March primary as follows:
8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
8 a.m. — 5 p.m.
8 a.m. — 6 p.m.
8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
8 a.m. — 7 p.m.
8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
8 a.m. — 2 p.m.
County Elections Director A.J. Nowaczyk said early voting will be set up just like a precinct: Arrive at the board office, sign in at a poll pad, receive your ballot, vote and then scan your ballot. Election staff will be available to assist voters with any questions.
Election Day voting hours on Tuesday, March 17, are 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
“The big advantage of early voting is it’s almost always less crowded than at the polls on Election Day,” Nowaczyk said. “And, if you work or have other responsibilities or are going to be out of the county on Election Day, with early voting, you can vote when it’s convenient.”
Nowaczyk also issued a reminder to voters to adhere to state law and not engage in campaigning or electioneering near the polls. Do not wear T-shirts, hats, pins or stickers promoting any specific candidate or issue near, or into, a polling location.
Ohio Revised Code 3501.35 forbids “any kind of election campaigning within the area between the polling place and the small flags of the United States placed on the thoroughfares and walkways leading to the polling place, and if the line of electors waiting to vote extends beyond those small flags, within 10 feet of any elector in that line.”
It’s also illegal to: “In any manner, hinder or delay an elector in reaching or leaving the place fixed for casting the elector’s ballot ...” or “solicit or in any manner attempt to influence any elector in casting the elector’s vote.”
“With emotions running high with this primary election coming up, it’s a good idea to remind voters about (electioneering),” Nowaczyk said.
The elections office is seeking people who are willing to undergo a few hours of paid training at the elections office to become a poll worker.
Poll worker training dates are as follows:
Feb. 17 at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.
Feb. 20 at 5 p.m.
Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.
Feb. 29 at 9 a.m.
March 7 at 9 a.m.
Once trained, poll workers are paid about $137 to work during Election Day, which generally is between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m., including setup and wrap-up, said Deputy Elections Director Katrena Ebersole.
The elections office is looking for any registered voter, including party affiliated and voters who are registered independents.
“If you have any questions, or if none of these training dates work for you, please give us a call (419-636-1854). We are willing to work with you anyway we can. We want to make this process as easy as possible,” Ebersole said.