A Note from Secretary LaRose:
This November, Ohioans went to the polls and made their voices heard on a variety of issues and candidates affecting our communities. Another successful election is now in the books and we couldn't have done it without the hard-working staff at our 88 county boards of elections and over 35,000 poll workers around the state. As the world turns its eyes to Ohio in 2020, we’ll utilize the lessons we’ve learned this year to continue running the secure, accurate, and accessible elections Ohioans deserve.
You can read more below on what my team and I have been working on this past month. Stay tuned for more exciting news as we finish out the year!
Yours in service,
Safe At Home Legislation
State Representatives Jeff LaRe and Cindy Abrams introduced new legislation to expand the Safe at Home address confidentiality program. The Safe at Home program is administered by the Secretary of State’s office and assists victims of domestic violence, stalking, and human trafficking in shielding their personal information from public record so they have a safe way to participate in our democratic process. Click here to learn more about Safe at Home.
Election Day Cyberattack
Securing our elections from foreign and domestic interference is a top priority of the office. This past election day, Ohio saw an unsuccessful attempt to hack the Secretary of State’s website. The threat originated from a computer in Panama, but at no time was any information maintained by our office at-risk. Secretary LaRose told the Columbus Dispatch, “the good guys won that day and the bad guys lost.” Click here to read the full story.
Business Filings on Record Pace
LaRose announced 11,920 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in October, allowing the state to reach 113,272 new businesses in the first ten months of 2019.
So far this year, there have been 5,897 more new businesses filed than compared to this same point last year. Ohio is well on its way to another record-breaking year for new businesses!
Voting Security Consistency Vital in Ohio Elections
The Morning Journal wrote an editorial about the Secretary’s efforts to boost election security in Ohio. Click here to read.
RealClearPolitics did a deep dive into the facts behind Ohio’s voter list maintenance process. Click here to check it out.
The Secretary of State’s office is highlighting veteran businesses in our monthly Ohio Business Spotlight series. LaRose visited Clubhouse Brewing Company and learned about the special work the business does for our service members and first responders. Click here to learn more about the business.
Bringing Accountability to Election Systems Vendors
Voter registration systems are a known target for foreign and domestic adversaries, but until now Ohio’s county-based systems and the vendors who support them have lacked the basic standards and certifications necessary to provide the quality and security Ohioans deserve. The Ohio Senate unanimously passed our new legislation which, once law, will make that a reality. Click here to learn more.
Toledo Minority Business Roundtable
LaRose partnered with the Toledo Lucas County Public Library to host a roundtable to discuss opportunities for minority business owners in the area. This is the fourth minority business roundtable LaRose has hosted throughout the state.