A Note from Secretary LaRose
We successfully overcame several challenges to complete the 2020 Ohio Primary Election. It was not easy and there were certainly bumps in the road, but we couldn’t have done it without the outpouring of support from hundreds of community partners across the state. Governor DeWine captured our resolve when he said, "we are in this together, Ohio."
As we move forward, my office is working with stakeholders and the legislature to make improvements to our elections system that will allow us to adapt to any health situation – and protect voters’ ability to safely and securely make their voices heard in November. Now isn’t the time for sweeping new reforms to election law. Instead, small changes can bring massive improvements to the election this fall and make sure we can continue in-person, absentee, and early voting. We’re currently working with the Ohio General Assembly and look forward to their input as the process continues! Together we will continue to #Protect2020 one step at a time and be ready for November.
Yours in service,
Plan For The Future
Turnout Comparable to 2012 Primary Election
Despite an unprecedented health crisis that affected how Ohioans vote, turnout in the 2020 primary election was comparable to the 2012 election. While the race for the presidential nomination in both parties has long been decided, 1.8 million Ohioans made sure their voices were heard on issues and races impacting our communities. As a comparison, 1.97 million votes were cast in the competitive 2012 primary election, with the Republican primary winner coming out ahead by just one point.
We’re Re-Open for Business!
LaRose announced the client service center in Columbus is again open for business. The center had been closed to in-person transactions since March 22 when Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton issued a stay at home order. Click here to watch a video from Secretary LaRose.
Businesses Are Adapting
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the business community across the country, but Ohio businesses are finding ways to adapt. These featured businesses are shining examples of the fortitude of Ohio’s entrepreneurs. Check out the video featuring this month’s spotlighted businesses.
COVID-19 hasn’t slowed down Secretary LaRose from participating in activities throughout the state. Whether it’s talking to local community organizations, business groups, voting rights groups, college classes or many others – we continue to share our message of a thriving democracy and prosperous economy.
Help us Be Ready for November
Click here to read Secretary LaRose's Op-Ed about his proposal to the legislature to ensure Ohio is prepared for November, then take a moment and share it on your own social media.