(A) Not earlier than thirty days and not later than forty-five days after this rule takes effect, the secretary of state shall appoint a SOSAB consisting of seven members as follows: two each from the two major political parties of this state, two who are independent of any political party affiliation and one who is a member of a minor or intermediate political party of this state.
(B) Members of the SOSAB shall hold office for a period of two calendar years, including a portion of a calendar year, with four initial members appointed for a term of one calendar year or portion of a calendar year, subject to consecutive reappointment, and three initial members appointed for a term of two calendar years, including a portion of a calendar year, subject to consecutive reappointment.
(C) Each member of the SOSAB shall hold office from the date of the member's appointment until the end of the calendar year for which the member was appointed. A member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which the member's predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of that term. A member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of the member's term until the member's successor takes office or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. After the initial terms of office provided for in paragraph (B) of this rule, terms of office shall be for two calendar years.
(D) A vacancy in the SOSAB may be caused by death, resignation, or three absences from SOSAB meetings in a calendar year if those absences are caused by reasons declared invalid by a vote of five members of the remaining members of the SOSAB.
(E) In making appointments to the SOSAB, the secretary of state shall take into consideration the various geographic areas of this state and shall appoint members so that those areas are represented on the SOSAB in a balanced manner, to the extent feasible.
(F) Members of the SOSAB shall be registered electors and shall be of good moral character.
(G) No more than four members of the SOSAB shall be members, directors or deputy directors of boards of elections.
(H) At least four members of the SOSAB shall be attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Ohio.
(I) Each member of the SOSAB while in the performance of the business of the SOSAB shall be entitled to be reimbursed for expenses actually and necessarily incurred in the performance of his or her duties. The secretary may, at his or her discretion, compensate members of the SOSAB at a rate of five hundred dollars per meeting held in Columbus and held at the call of the secretary, plus expenses as set forth in this paragraph, not to exceed ten thousand dollars per member per fiscal year. Minutes of all meetings of the SOSAB shall be taken and transcribed by a court reporter or by video recording and either or both shall be available for viewing on the secretary of state's website within two weeks after a meeting of the SOSAB.
(J) No member of the SOSAB shall do or be any of the following:
(1) Hold, or be a candidate for, a public office;
(2) Serve on a committee supporting or opposing a candidate or ballot question or issue;
(4) Solicit, or be involved in soliciting, contributions on behalf of a candidate, campaign committee, political action committee, legislative campaign fund, political contributing entity or corporation making expenditures regarding a candidate campaign or ballot issue or make a contribution to, or for the benefit of, a campaign committee or committee in support of or opposition to a ballot question or issue, a legislative campaign fund, a political action committee, political contributing entity or a corporation making expenditures regarding a candidate campaign or ballot issue.
(K) Four members of the SOSAB shall constitute a quorum, and a majority thereof shall have authority to take any action authorized of the SOSAB. The SOSAB shall meet in Columbus at the call of the secretary of state or upon the written request of a majority of its members. In the event a meeting of the SOSAB is called by the written request of a majority of its members, notice shall be provided to the secretary by electronic mail to the director of elections in the secretary of state's office at least three days in advance of the meeting. The meetings of the SOSAB are subject to section 121.22 of the Revised Code.
(L) Notice of all SOSAB meetings called by the secretary of state shall be provided by the secretary of state's office to all SOSAB members by electronic mail at least five days before the meeting, and shall be posted on the secretary of state's website.
(M) The members of the SOSAB shall elect and maintain a chairperson and a vice-chairperson. At no time shall the chairperson and vice-chairperson be affiliated with the same political party. The chairperson shall serve in that capacity for one or a portion of one calendar year and may serve a successive one-year term. No two successive chairpersons shall be affiliated with the same political party, if any.