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The Citizenship and Naturalization Laws of the

United States.

The Corrupt Practices Act of the State of Ohio.

This Volume is for the Guidance of Election Officials

in the Conduct of Elections.

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Columbus, Ohio, April 15, 1924. To Election Officials, and the Electors of the State of Ohio.

Greeting :

The Secretary of State desires to co-operate to the fullest extent with the Election Officials and the Electors of the State of Ohio, to the end that Elections, and Election matters be legally and expeditiously handled.

The Secretary of State is by virtue of his office the Chief Election Officer of the State, but your County Prosecuting Attorney is your legal advisor, and questions of law should be submitted to him for legal advice.

Your local County Deputy State Supervisors of Elections will advise you on many details now referred to the Secretary of State.

Such matters as are necessarily and properly referred to the Secretary of State for decision will be given consideration by him, and prompt answers returned.

To expedite these inquiries the following information is given :

The telephone service in the office of the Secretary of State is as follows:

Independent-Citizen 2230.
Bell-Main 5682.

Bell— Main 5683.
The Assistant Secretary of State, to whom you should
refer matters in the absence of the Secretary of State, is
Joseph E. Baird.

The Statistician and Editor to whom detail matters of Elections, blanks, reports, etc., should be referred, is Tiffin Gilmore.

As the Secretary of State's office has but a limited force in this Department, it is hoped that these suggestions will expedite service in both long distance phone calls and in correspondence.

The Secretary of State is pleased to acknowledge the assistance and co-operation of The Legislative Reference Division of the Ohio State Library in the preparation of this volume.



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In this volume it has been our aim to present the Election Laws in such form that any subject may be readily found. The General Election Laws of Ohio are con. tained in Sections 4785 to 5175-29r, of the General Code. These sections are arranged in numerical order and therefore are not difficult to find. However, the sections of law relating to special elections in submission of questions are scattered throughout the Code and it was found impossible to present them in numerical order. Therefore they have been assembled in the Appendix under their proper headings.

Immediately preceding the subject Index will be found a Numerical Index of the Sections of the General Code, together with the page on which such sections may be found. This table is indispensable for those sections which are not arranged in numerical order, and may be used as a quick reference at any time. The Table of Contents will indicate in a general way the arrangement of the various subdivisions of the Elections Laws.

Since the provisions of the Federal and Ohio Constitutions relative to elections and Federal laws on the same subject will be used only occasionally, they have also been placed in the Appendix. In cases where an Opinion of the Attorney-General, or a court decision applies to several sections the syllabus of the decision or opinion is given under one section and a cross-reference is given under the other sections to which such decision or opinion applies. Under each section is given the history of the enactment and the various amendments. This is done by referring to the volume of the session laws, but it is some times desirable to know the year in which any law was enacted or amended.

Following is a table showing the dates of the various volumes of the session laws which are published the same year in which the session of the General Assembly is held:


(Since 1850)

Volume. 48


50 51 52 58 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67. 68 69 70 71 72 73 74

Year 1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1856 1857 1858 1859 1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869 1870 1871 1872 1873 1874 1875 1876 1877 1878 1879 1880 1881 1882

108 Pt. I
108 Pt. II

Year 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889 1890 1891 1892 1893 1894 1896 1898 1900 1902 1902 1904 1906 1908 1909 1910 1911 1913 1914 1914 1915 1917

1919 1919-20

1921 1923


76 77 78 79


Election Laws




DEPUTY STATE SUPERVISORS. 4785. Conduct of public elections. 4786. Offices of state supervisor and Section,

state supervisor and inspector. 4803. Board of deputy state super4787. Secretary of state shall perform

visors. duties of such offices.

4804. Appointment of deputy state su

pervisors; terms. DEPUTY STATE SUPERVISORS 4805. Recommendation by party comAND INSPECTORS.


4806. Vacancies. 4788. Board of deputy state supervis- 4807. Recommendations to fill vacancy.

ors and inspectors of elections. 4808. How rightful executive commit4789. Appointment of deputy state su

tee determined. pervisors and inspectors. 4809. Oath of deputy state supervisor. 4790. Recommendations by party com- 4810. Removal of deputy state supermittee.

visor. 4791. Vacancies.

4811. Organization of board. 4792. Recommendation to fill vacancy. 4812. Selection of clerk. 4793. How rightful committee deter- 4813. Selection of chief deputy. mined.

4814. Oath of clerk. 4794. Organization of board.

4815. Removal of clerk. 4795. Selection of clerk and deputy 4816. Clerk may administer oaths. clerk.

4817. Board shall meet before each 4796. Selection of chief deputy.

election. 4797. Removal of clerk and deputy 4818. Certificates of nominations and clerk.

nomination papers. 4798. Vacancy in offices of chief dep- 4819. General duties of deputy state uty and clerk, how filled.

supervisors. 4799. Duties and compensation of dep- 4820. Investigation of violations of uty clerk.

election laws. 4800. Investigation and prosecution of 4821. Necessary expenses of the board.

violations of election laws. 4822. Compensation of members and 4801. General powers and duties of

clerks. board.

4823. Collation and publication of elec4802. How terms "state supervisor"

tion laws. and “clerk" construed.

Sec. 4785. Conduct of Public Elections. Except when otherwise provided by law, all public elections in this state shall be conducted according to the provisions of this title.

History:-88 v. 449; 89 v. 432; 90 v. 268; 97 v. 225.

For decisions under a former statute restricting the amount that might be spent for election purposes, see State, ex rel., v. Good, 15 0. C. C. 386, 8 0. C. D. 401; State v. Russell, 8 O. N. P. 54, 10'0. D. (N. P.) 255.

Mandamus was held not to lie to compel the attorney-general to bring a proceeding in quo warranto for the purpose of testing the constitutionality of the Australian ballot law (see G. C. § 5017, et seq.): Thompson v. Watson, 48

Under Art. XVIII, &$ 3 and 7, of the Ohio Constitution, as amended in September, 1912, municipalities are authorized to determine what officers shall

0. S. 552.

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