After many significant developments pertaining to the 2012 election dates, it now appears that those dates will be March 6, August 7 and November 6. Set forth below are the deadlines associated with those elections for the submission of most ballot issues, including property tax levies, school district income tax levies and bond issues. The deadline for filing documents with the board of elections is generally 90 days prior to the election. Depending on the type of ballot issue being pursued, however, there may be other applicable deadlines, such as 120- and 98-day deadlines for certain bond issues (NB: 120 days before the March 6 election is November 7!), a 100- day deadline for a school district income tax levy and for the new combination school district income tax/property tax levy, and, effectively, a 95-day deadline for emergency levies. All school district levies require at least two, and some three, board resolutions. Note that, under Revised Code § 5705.03(B), intervening county auditor or fiscal officer certifications might take up to 10 days, even for traditional operating or permanent improvement levies.  

Further developments affecting the 2012 election dates are possible. Please contact the lawyer with whom you work prior to undertaking any election proceedings for updates and for assistance in making certain that all of the proper steps are taken and deadlines are met.  

PRIMARY ELECTION - MARCH 6, 2012

120th day prior to election is November 7, 2011 (Monday)

100th day prior to election is November 27, 2011 (Sunday)

98th day prior to election is November 29, 2011 (Tuesday)

95th day prior to election is December 2, 2011 (Friday)

90th day prior to election is December 7, 2011 (Wednesday)

SPECIAL ELECTION - AUGUST 7, 2012

120th day prior to election is April 9, 2012 (Monday)

100th day prior to election is April 29, 2012 (Sunday)

98th day prior to election is May 1, 2012 (Tuesday)

95th day prior to election is May 4, 2012 (Friday)

90th day prior to election is May 9, 2012 (Wednesday)

GENERAL ELECTION - NOVEMBER 6, 2012

120th day prior to election is July 9, 2012 (Monday)

100th day prior to election is July 29, 2012 (Sunday)

98th day prior to election is July 31, 2012 (Tuesday)

95th day prior to election is August 3, 2012 (Friday)

90th day prior to election is August 8, 2012 (Wednesday)