Duties & Responsibilities
Chief Elections Officer
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; 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 works with counties to train poll workers. The Elections Division of the Secretary of State?s office also compiles and maintains election statistics, political party records and other election-related records.