COLUMBUS—State Senator Joe Uecker (R-Miami Township), sponsor of Senate Bill 21, today announced the Senate passage of legislation that allows a County Board of Elections to reduce the minimum number of required precinct election officials in areas that use electronic poll books. Currently, 83 of Ohio's 88 counties use electronic poll books.
"Decreasing the amount of poll workers required will increase funds available to give Ohioans the accurate and efficient elections they expect and deserve," said Uecker.
Provisions of the bill would grant permissive authority for a County Board of Elections to reduce the minimum number of poll workers to two. Under current law, every Board of Elections in Ohio is required to appoint no less than four election officials for every precinct during each election, with equal representation from both major political parties.
Senate Bill 21 will now go to the Ohio House of Representatives for further debate and consideration.