House Bill 500, from the 132nd General Assembly, included an amendment to R.C. Sec. 3501.021 that requires boards of elections to accept from political subdivisions electronic filing of ballot issues and questions, beginning January 1, 2021 (start date inserted in Section 9 of the bill). Please note that it does not permit the electronic filing of petitions. On Feb. 9, the Ohio Secretary of State issued a directive to county boards of elections addressing security requirements for electronic filing and communicating preferred method with local political subdivisions within their county.
The webinar, on Friday, April 2, at 1:00 p.m., will provide a brief history of the law change; a review by the Secretary of State’s office of the necessary security requirements for boards of elections shall follow, as well as a demonstration of how one county board of elections has implemented the requirement.
This free webinar is open to all political subdivisions that submit ballot issues and questions to the boards of elections for certification. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.