On April 3, 2017, ballots, candidate information and voting instructions were mailed to all STRS Ohio members eligible to vote in the 2017 Retirement Board election.
Individuals eligible to vote for a candidate for one contributing member seat on the board include all STRS Ohio contributing members, individuals who have contributions on deposit at STRS Ohio and disability benefit recipients.
STRS Ohio is using Election Services Co. to conduct the election. Members will have three ways to vote — by mail, through a toll-free phone number or via a special Internet site. Each eligible voter is assigned a distinct EVN (electronic validation number) that prevents duplicate voting. Members are encouraged to vote by phone or online, as this results in a cost savings to STRS Ohio. For every completed mail ballot returned to STRS Ohio, the pension system has to pay for the return postage. Phone and online votes avoid this extra postage expense for the pension system.
Any STRS Ohio members who believe they are eligible to vote, and do not receive a ballot package by April 10, should call the Election Services Co. customer service line toll-free at 866‑720‑4357. The customer service center is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m., EDT. The deadline for voting is 4:30 p.m., EDT, on May 1. Results of the election will be posted on the STRS Ohio Web site and announced in STRS Ohio newsletters following certification of the election results by the board of tellers on May 6, 2017.