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Frequently Asked Questions

Contrary to a widely held belief, you cannot find all the answers to your local option questions from the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, your local board of elections, or the office of the Ohio Secretary of State.  There is no such thing as a clearinghouse of information on local options. While these agencies are knowledgeable about the process, the individual role of each in the process is limited. It’s precisely this limited role that creates inherent problems for anyone seeking information about local option elections. Through this website, has attempted to provide those seeking answers with a clearinghouse of information to enable anyone with ample time and desire to qualify and conduct a successful local option election based upon their own available resources.
There are 2 phases to every local option. The petition phase and the campaign phase. If you seek voter approval by placing a local option question before voters, you also need to educate them about why you want them to vote YES or NO on a liquor issue. This guide discusses both phases of a local option election in their respective orders.

The frequently asked questions that immediately follow are designed to present a broad overview of Ohio’s local option process and the steps necessary to qualify a local option question for voter consideration on Election Day. All possible questions are not included, but this section contains enough information to give the ‘novice’ a solid foundation of information that will be useful in understanding exactly what needs to be done to qualify a local option petition for placement on the next primary or general election ballot. The various steps involved in each process based upon the type of local liquor option pursued follow the FAQ’s. For additional information or a more detailed explanation of specific topics covered in this guide please email us with questions at

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