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Board of Elections



In 1891 the Ohio General Assembly created the county board of elections and gave it the authority to supervise and conduct elections. The board originally consisted of four qualified voters in the county appointed by the probate judge. Two members were appointed for one year while the remaining two members served two-year terms. The secretary of state, acting in the capacity as chief election official, was given the authority to appoint members to the board in 1929. Currently, on the first day of March in even numbered years, the secretary of state appoints two members to a four-year term, one from each of the political parties which cast the highest and the next highest number of votes for the office of governor in the preceding election. Board members, throughout their term, are subject to summary removal by the secretary of state for neglect of duty, misfeasance, malfeasance, or nonfeasance.

Within five days after the secretary of state has made these appointments, the board is required to organize by selecting a chair and a resident elector as clerk. The clerk of the board is responsible for keeping a record of the board’s proceedings and any other records pertaining to registration, primaries, and elections.

The responsibilities and duties of the board of elections include receiving and canvassing voting returns, certifying an abstract to the secretary of state, and issuing certificates of election. The board also is empowered by general statute to establish and define election precincts, fix places of registration, review and certify the validity of petitions and nominating papers, maintain poll books and tally sheets, and investigate all irregularities in elections.

The Greene County Board of Elections oversees the elections process in Greene County and provides the following services:

*Hiring poll workers and ensuring they are trained; *Prepare election ballots; *Test electronic, election booths; *Voter registration;

The Board of Elections also compiles and maintains election statistics, political party records, and other election-related records.

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

Absentee Voter Registrations

Identifier: BOE-20044
Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically by election. Contains a record of the application for and issuance of absentee ballots showing name, address, city, ward, and precinct number of elector, and date the absentee ballot was issued and returned.

Dates: 1936 - 1988

Absentee Voters

Identifier: BOE-20039
Dates: 1954 - 1988

Absentee Voters

 Collection — Accession 21299
Identifier: BOE-21299
Dates: 1997 - 1999

Abstract of Votes

Identifier: BOE-21755
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by political subdivisions, then by ward or alphabetically by precinct. Contains abstracts of votes cast at primary, general, and special elections; showing ward number, precinct letter, candidates and office sought, total votes received by each candidate in each precinct and in each political subdivision.

Dates: 1961-1997

Abstract of Votes

 Collection — Accession 30884
Identifier: BOE-30884
Dates: 1942 - 1944

Abstract of Votes

 Collection — Accession 20055
Identifier: BOE-20055
Dates: 1965 - 1970; 1973 - 1974

Abstract of Votes

 File — Accession 20054
Identifier: BOE-20054
Dates: 1960 - 1964

Abstract of Votes

 Collection — Accession 20053
Identifier: BOE-20053
Dates: Majority of material found within 1945-1959

Abstract of Votes

 File — Accession 23592
Identifier: BOE-23592

Active Voter Registration Cards

Identifier: BOE-21766
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by elector. Contains full name, address and signature of elector, year first registred, and precincts where registered with dates of residence for each.

Dates: Majority of material found within 1950 - 2017; 2021

Board of Elections Photograph

 File — Accession 27566
Identifier: BOE-27566

Campaign Finance Reports

 File — Accession 34959
Identifier: BOE-34959
Dates: Majority of material found within 2011-2015

Countywide Voter Registration Sample

Identifier: BOE-20059
Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically. Facsimile copies of official ballots to be cast by electors in each general, primary, and special election held; showing date of election and whether non-partisan, office type of election, or questions and issues on ballot.

Dates: 1985

Election Results

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BOE-21763
Dates: 1982-1997

Minutes of Board Meetings

Identifier: BOE-20028
Scope and Contents

The official copy of proceedings of regular and special meetings.

Dates: 1891-1940

Ordinance, Letter of Protest, and Appropriation of Funds Entry

 File — Accession 30817
Identifier: BOE-30817
Dates: 1917; 1934; 1935

Real Estate Atlas of Greene County

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: BOE-26815

Sample Ballots

Identifier: BOE-20057
Scope and Contents

A record of bond issues and tax levies in the form of sample ballots.

Dates: May 1956 thru November 1969

Sample Ballots

Identifier: BOE-33395
Scope and Contents

Record of bond issues and tax levies in form of sample ballots.

Dates: 1968-2021

Ward Precinct Maps

Identifier: BOE-21870
Scope and Contents

Maps illustrating ward and precincts within the county.

Dates: 1992