Election laws in Ohio
The following are elections laws in the State of Ohio that affect the electoral process.
Registration by third-party groups
The ORC requires third-party registrars to turn in to election officials any registration forms they collect from voters. However, the code does not require voter registration organizations such as ACORN to turn in voter registration forms from non-voters, such as minors or fictional characters.
The law says:
"No person who helps another person register outside an official voter registration place shall knowingly fail to return any registration form entrusted to that person to any board of elections or the office of the secretary of state within ten days after that registration form is completed, or on or before the thirtieth day before the election, whichever day is earlier, unless the registration form is received by the person within twenty-four hours of the thirtieth day before the election, in which case the person shall return the registration form to any board of elections or the office of the secretary of state within ten days of its receipt.".
Turning in falsified voter registration cards has criminal penalties:
- Violators can be held guilty of election falsification, a felony of the fifth degree.
- Or of "a misdemeanor of the first degree".
All registrations shall be carefully checked, and in case any person is found to have registered more than once, the additional registration forms shall be canceled by the board of elections.