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Ohio Secretary of State Office Biography

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“As Ohio’s chief elections officer, the secretary of state oversees the elections process and appoints the members of boards of elections in each of Ohio’s 88 counties.

The secretary of state supervises the administration of election laws, approves ballot language, reviews statewide initiative and referendum petitions, chairs the Ohio Ballot Board, which approves ballot language for statewide issues, canvasses votes for all elective state offices and issues; investigates election fraud and irregularities, trains election officials and reimburses counties for poll worker training costs.

The Elections Division compiles and maintains election statistics, political party records and other election-related records. Statewide candidates, campaign finance reports are filed with the office, together with the reports for state political action committees (PACs), state political parties and legislative caucus campaign committees.

The secretary of state’s office also licenses ministers to perform marriage, registers non-resident alien land, and issues apostilles, which are certifications verifying signatures on documents to be used outside of the United States.

All laws passed by the Ohio General Assembly, municipal charters, administrative rules adopted by agencies, and all executive orders issued by the governor are filed with the secretary of state’s office, as well.”

“About the Agency,” (accessed Sep. 16, 2009)

  1. Restore trust to Ohio elections
    1. We want citizens to have faith that Ohio elections are free, fair, open and honest to encourage the highest level of participation in our democracy.
  2. Ensure business filings are quick, efficient and easy to retrieve
    1. We want business growth and expansion to be easier so there are more and better jobs for Ohioans.
  3. Protect social security numbers from public access
    1. We want to protect the privacy of Ohioans and make sure that information they provide to us and to boards of elections will not be used to harm them.
  4. Create and maintain a life quality index
    1. As the state’s official records keeper, our goal is to provide Ohio families with easy access to information about quality of life in their communities. From Ashtabula to South Point and everywhere in between, Better Lives, Better Ohio will help provide the information we need to keep making Ohio a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

“About the Agency,” (accessed Sep. 16, 2009)

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