(A) There is established within the office of the Ohio secretary of state an advisory board (hereinafter SOSAB) to assist the secretary in issuing instructions for the conduct of elections by directives and advisories, in reaching summary decisions of questions upon which the boards of elections of this state cannot reach a decision, in determining matters regarding the appointment, suspension and removal of members of boards of elections; and in determining matters regarding the suspension and removal of directors and deputy directors of boards of elections, in accordance with sections 3501.05 , 3501.053 , 3501.06 , 3501.07 , 3501.11 and 3501.16 of the Revised Code. Referral of matters to the SOSAB for advice to the secretary shall be at the discretion of the secretary of state.
(B) The purpose of these rules is to provide the secretary of state, the state's chief election officer, with nonpartisan and multipartisan advice in the conduct of fair elections in this state in matters whereby the secretary may be required to resolve controversies involving partisan disputes and in consideration of the fact that the secretary of state may have been elected as the nominee of a political party of this state. The further purpose of this rule is to ensure a high level of confidence by the electorate in elections conducted in this state.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 07/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3501.04 , 3501.05
Rule Amplifies: 3501.04 , 3501.05 , 3501.053 , 3501.06 , 3501.07 , 3501.11 , 3501.16