June 4, 2019

New ADA-compliant voting machines to be installed by next election

Casting their vote in Clermont County.

BATAVIA, Ohio (June 4, 2019) – The Clermont County Board of Elections has purchased 155 ExpressVote machines that are ADA-compliant and will be available at each precinct during elections. The machines, which cost $713,473, are replacing AutoMARKS, which were first used in the 1996 presidential election.

ExpressVotes are touch-screen machines that print out a paper ballot. They include an audio-tactile keyboard to help those with various disabilities, including blindness.

The Board of County Commissioners approved the purchase at its May 29 Session. The purchase also includes a new high speed scanner, and a ballot-on-demand print system.

“The ballot-on-demand system will offer an immediate savings to the county,” said Elections Director Julia Carney. “The Board of Elections is required to pre-print ballots equal to 101% of the registered voters in each precinct. Since there is never a 100% turnout, the unused ballots, which cost 30 cents each, are destroyed.”

Now, as a voter comes into the Board of Elections office for early, in-person voting, a ballot can be immediately printed out.

The cost of these upgrades will be reimbursed by the State of Ohio, Carney said.

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September 25, 2018

Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9

Casting their vote in Clermont County.

BATAVIA, Ohio (Sept. 25, 2018) – Some important dates are coming up as the Clermont County Board of Elections prepares for the 2018 General Election on Nov. 6.

This election, commonly referred to as the midterm election, includes these races in Ohio:

Federal:

All House seats

U.S. Senate seat
State:

Governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, justice of Supreme Court (2), Court of Appeals judge

All state representatives

County:

Commissioner, auditor, Common Pleas Court judges (3)

There is one state issue on the ballot, and a number of local issues and levies.

October

Oct.  9: Deadline to register to vote. The Board of Elections is open until 9 p.m.

Oct. 10: Absentee voting by mail begins (ends Nov. 5)

Oct. 10: Early in-person voting begins:

  • 10-12: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 15-19: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 22-26: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • 27: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday)
  • 29-31: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

November
Early in-person voting hours:

  • 1-2: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 3: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday)
  • Nov . 4: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday)
  • 5: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Nov. 3: Noon deadline to request an absentee ballot

Nov. 5: Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date

Nov. 6: General Election: Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; voters can drop off absentee ballot at Board of Elections office until 7:30 p.m.

The Clermont County Board of Elections is located at 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia. For questions, call 513.732.7275 or email Director Julia Carney at jcarney@clermontcountyohio.gov. Complete information on the upcoming election, the sample ballot, and where to vote can be found at the Board of Elections website, www.clermontelections.org.

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February 1, 2018

Want to be a poll worker? Here’s how

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 1, 2018) — The Clermont County Board of Elections is recruiting precinct election officials (PEOs) – better known as poll workers — to staff polling locations for both the May 8 primary election and the Nov. 6 general election.

Poll workers are paid a minimum of $155 for attending the 2-3 hour training course held at the Board of Elections, and working Election Day. On Election Day, polls are open 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. in Ohio.

“Being a poll worker is an enjoyable and rewarding way to be part of the election process,” said Julia Carney, Director of the Board of Elections. “Poll workers are the backbone of our election system and help ensure all elections are conducted in a fair and accurate manner and serve to help safeguard the integrity of the election process.”

Poll workers are required to be registered voters in Clermont County.

To be a poll worker, call the Board of Elections at 513.732.7275 or go to the board’s website: http://www.clermontelections.org. Click on the Poll Workers/PEO tab at top.

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December 29, 2017

Judy Miller, director of Board of Elections, retires

Judy Miller

BATAVIA, Ohio (Dec. 29, 2016) – Judy Miller was named to the board that oversees the Clermont County Board of Elections in 1982, representing the Democratic Party, and at the time, one of the young

est members of a Board of Elections in the State of Ohio.

On Dec. 31, she is retiring from her position as director of the Board of Elections, which she has held since March 2008. She was appointed deputy director in 2006.

During her tenure, technology has made dramatic changes in how elections are conducted in the United States, and the launch of early voting has changed the nature of elections.


In Ohio, positions on the four-member county Boards of Elections must be evenly split between the two major parties. Terms are four years, with the board reorganized every two years. The director is appointed, or reappointed, every two years. Typically, the director and the chairman of the board are of the opposite party, as are the director and deputy director. Usually, but not always, the director is of the same party as the Secretary of State. The Office of the Secretary of State provides legal guidance, elections procedures, and campaign finance information to Boards of Elections; and provides training for Board of Elections members and staff.


Judy leaves confident of the integrity of elections in Clermont County and the State of Ohio, and proud of the teamwork the board, her staff, and poll workers show no matter their political persuasion.

“Everything we do, we do as a team. And we’ve been successful because of our teamwork,” she said.

The biggest changes came about beginning in 2002, when Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in response to the disputed presidential election of 2000. HAVA made sweeping reforms to the nation’s voting systems, and also provided federal funding for new technology. In 2005, the Clermont County board instituted new tabulating technology that made the scanning of optical ballots quicker and more secure.

“We were told that that technology would be good for about 10 years,” Judy said. “In 2013, Mike Keeley (then deputy director) and I went to the National Elections Conference in Louisville. We saw the newest state-of-the-art advances in election technology, and we wanted to make sure new equipment would be in place for the 2016 presidential election.”

Working with County Commissioner and the county Office of Management and Budget, Judy and the Elections Board developed a four-year plan to finance the new tabulation equipment, purchased from Elections Systems & Software, for approximately $1 million. Part of the plan included eliminating 35 precincts in the county by merging them with others. This saved $22,000 per election in personnel costs, and also eliminated the need for equipment for that precinct. Clermont currently has 167 precincts.

“We were ready for the 2016 election,” she said. “There were fewer than 10 counties in Ohio that had new equipment for that election.

“I feel really good about our system,” she added. “We have accuracy tests before, during and after elections, and it comes out 100% all the time.” And since the county stayed with optical ballots, and never adopted a touch-screen system, there is always a paper trail.

The other major change she has overseen has been the advent of early voting. Before the reforms of 2002, absentee ballots were used rarely and for very limited reasons. Now registered voters can vote at the Board of Elections several weeks before the actual election or can use a mail-in ballot, with no restrictions. “We had to develop a whole new system when early voting was introduced,” she said. “We needed part-time workers to supplement our full-time staff, and they can be hard to find.”

Poll workers are essential to the smooth operations of any election, and Clermont’s poll workers have also had to adapt to new technology. In 2017, County Commissioners approved a raise for poll workers, from $105 to $120 a day, the first raise since 2008. “Our relationship with our poll workers is important. We want them to come back to work!” she said. “They are an important part of the team.”

Judy will be retiring from the board, but not from working. She’ll be joining her family’s insurance business on a part-time basis. In January, Julia Carney will become Director of the Board of Elections and Chris Dennison Deputy Director.

Judy says the Board of Elections has maintained a good working relationship with the County Commissioners, and that has helped in ensuring that the Elections Board has the resources it needs to conduct fair and untainted elections. “Our Board of Elections is very efficiently run,” she says. “Our board works together and does not play politics.”

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October 20, 2017

Clermont Board of Elections in urgent need of poll workers

BATAVIA, Ohio (Oct. 20, 2017) – The Clermont Count Board of Elections is in urgent need of poll workers for the Nov. 7 General Election.

Poll workers, who are paid $155 for the day, will be trained prior to Election Day. “Training is very easy,” said Board of Elections Director Judy Miller. “Once you’ve worked you will want to work again, because it’s a rewarding day where you know you are doing your civic duty.”

Call the Clermont County Board of Elections at 513.732.7275 to get signed up or email the board at Elections@ClermontCountyOhio.gov. “You can also sign up to work at the gubernatorial primary and General Election in 2018. It’s not too early!” Miller said.

Vote early by mail

 Clermont voters who want to vote by mail can order their ballot now for the Nov. 7 General Election. Call the Clermont County Board of Elections at 513.732.7275 and ask for an application to order a ballot by mail, or print an application off of the Board of Election’s website at www.ClermontElections.org. Complete it and mail to the Board of Elections.  You must send in your application by Nov. 1.

Vote early at Board of Elections

 Early in-person voting for the Nov. 7 General Election is now open at the Clermont County Board of Elections, 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia. Details:

Through Friday, Oct. 27: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Oct. 30-Nov. 3: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 4: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 5: 1-5 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 6: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 7 – Election Day: All polling places open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

For questions, call 513.732.7275.

At this General Election, voters will select a Municipal Court judge, city, village, township, and school board members. The ballot also includes two state issues and other local issues.

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September 28, 2017

Commissioners approve increase in poll worker pay

BATAVIA, Ohio (Sept. 28, 2017) – Clermont County Commissioners approved on Sept. 27 an increase in the pay of county local precinct officials, also known as poll workers.

Beginning immediately, one-day pay for poll workers will go from $105 to $120. Pay for training, which typically lasts two to three hours, will increase from $25 to $35. And pay for mileage will increase, from a minimum of $10 a trip to a maximum of $55 a trip. Poll workers are paid mileage based on the distance from the Board of Elections in Batavia, where they pick up equipment and supplies, to the precinct polling place.

“This is the first increase in pay for our poll workers since 2008,” said Judy Miller, Director of the Clermont County Board of Elections. “Our poll workers are dedicated to what they do, and they are responsible for making our elections a success. They work long days, and we are grateful that the Commissioners recognized that they were due a raise in pay.”

Clermont County has 167 precincts, and four poll workers – two Democrats and two Republicans – are required by law to staff every precinct. Currently, Clermont County is seeking 30 Democratic poll workers for the Nov. 7 general election. Races for cities, villages, townships, and school boards will be on the ballot, along with a race for a Municipal Court judge, as well as two state issues.

If you are interested in finding out more about being a poll worker, call the Board of Elections at 513.732.7275. You will also find information here: http://www.clermontelections.org/precinct-election-officials.

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October 6, 2016

Early in-person voting begins Oct. 12

BATAVIA, Ohio (Oct. 6, 2016) – Early in-person voting in Clermont County begins Oct. 12. Registered voters in Clermont County can vote at the Board of Elections, 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, during these days and times:

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Oct. 12-14, 17-21
8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 24-28
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 (Saturday)
1-5 p.m. Oct. 30 (Sunday)
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 31-Nov. 4
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 5 (Saturday)
1-5 p.m. Nov. 6 (Sunday)
8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Nov. 7

Polls will be open on Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 8 — from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Those interested in voting by mail can call the Board of Elections at 513.732.7275 to receive an application to vote or can download an application from the Board of Elections website, http://www.clermontelections.org/AbsenteeVoting.aspx, or can request a ballot by going to the Board of Elections. Absentee ballots must be delivered or mailed back to the board by 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8.

When voting in person, you must furnish an ID, such as a driver’s license, a state ID card, or a utility bill with your name and current address on it. Details can be found at the Secretary of State’s website, http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/upload/publications/election/Bring_ID_CARD.pdf.

Complete information on Clermont County sample ballots and polling locations can be found at the Board of Elections website, www.clermontelections.org.

The deadline for registering to vote in Ohio for the Nov. 8 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11.  (The Board is closed on Monday, Oct. 10, for Columbus Day.) You can register at the Clermont County Board of Elections or at any public library branch, Bureau of Motor Vehicles location, and several other locations that are found here: http://www.clermontelections.org/Registration.aspx.

For more information, call the Board at 513.732.7275.

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June 14, 2016

Earn $130; be a poll worker for Clermont County in November

Casting their vote in Clermont County.

BATAVIA, Ohio (June 14, 2016)  — If you are a registered voter in Clermont County, the Clermont County Board of Elections would welcome your help as a precinct election official (better known as a poll worker). You’ll be paid $130 for working the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Call the Board of Elections to get signed up at 513-732-7275 or email the Board of Elections at Elections@ClermontCountyOhio.gov.  All appointments must be made no later than July 15.

“This year should prove to be an exciting year to be working the polls on Election Day,” said Judy Miller, Director of the Board of Elections. “Working the polls gives you a chance to do your civic duty and provide a valuable service to your community.  As an additional reward, you will be surprised at the friends and neighbors you will get acquainted or reacquainted with!

“It takes the dedication of some 700 registered voters in Clermont County to staff the 166 precincts located in 66 polling locations across the county,” Miller added.  Currently, the county needs about 200 volunteers to reach its goal of 700, she said. She urged those interested to sign up as quickly as possible since training is needed.

The Board of Elections will also be hiring seasonal data entry clerks to start on Sept. 19, working 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 8.  Please send resumes to Elections@ClermontCountyOhio.gov.  A criminal background check will be required of all hires.

Read more about precinct election officials

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February 22, 2016

Early voting for March primary begins Feb. 17

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 17, 2016) – Early voting for Ohio’s March 15 primary election begins Feb. 17 at the Clermont County Board of Elections. Times:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 17-Friday, March 4 (no weekend voting)
8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturday, March 5
8 a.m.-7 p.m.  Monday, March 7-Friday March 11
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12
1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13
8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Monday, March 14

Those who want to vote by mail can call the Board of Elections at 513-732-7275 to request an application or print an absentee application off the website www.ClermontElections.org. Mail the application to the board and the ballot will be sent to you.

The Board of Elections is located at 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia.

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February 22, 2016

Feb. 16 is deadline to register for March primary

Casting their vote in Clermont County.

BATAVIA, Ohio (Feb. 16, 2016) – Today is the last day to register to vote for the March 15 primary in Ohio. Clermont County residents can register at the Board of Elections, 76 S. Riverside Drive, Batavia, until 9 tonight, or at their local library branch.

Early voting begins Feb. 17 at the Board of Elections. Times:

8 a.m.-5 p.m.  Wednesday, Feb. 17-Friday, March 4 (no weekend voting)
8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturday, March 5
8 a.m.-7 p.m.  Monday, March 7-Friday March 11
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12
1-5 p.m. Sunday, March 13
8 a.m.-2 p.m.  Monday, March 14

Those who want to vote by mail can call the Board of Elections at 513-732-7275 to request an application or print an absentee application off the website www.ClermontElections.org. Mail the application to the board and the ballot will be sent to you.

Questions?  Call Board of Elections Director Judy Miller, 513-732-7275, or email jmiller@clermontcountyohio.gov. ########