A Note from Secretary LaRose:
October has come to a close and Election Day is tomorrow! Since taking office, my team and I have worked tirelessly to help prepare our state for 2019, 2020 and beyond. We’ve implemented new cyber security standards, established policies that protect voters and reduce the risk of fraud, and championed legislation that ensures Ohio remains a model for other states to follow. I’m excited about tomorrow – and I’m proud of the work each of our 88 county boards of elections are doing to deliver honest and accessible elections.
On the other side of my office, business is booming! Last month we reached over 100,000 new business filings for the year 2019. This keeps Ohio on record pace for small business creation. It also sends a message that should resonate with other hopeful entrepreneurs across the nation – if you want to start a business, be successful, and create jobs, you won’t do better than Ohio.
You can find more exciting news from this past month below – and if you haven't taken advantage of Ohio's 28 days of early voting, make sure you vote tomorrow!
Yours in service,
Record Business Growth
LaRose announced 9,989 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in September, allowing Ohio to reach 101,352 new businesses in the first nine months of 2019. Ohio has never created 100,000 new businesses before October.
LaRose-Backed Cyber Security Measures Signed into Law
Governor DeWine signed into law Senate Bill 52, a cybersecurity bill championed by Secretary LaRose and sponsored by State Senator Theresa Gavarone (R- Bowling Green). This landmark legislation strengthens Ohio’s cyber-security posture and better prepares the state for the digital threats facing Boards of Elections, critical infrastructure, and all local government entities. LaRose introduced similar legislation as a member of the Ohio Senate in the previous General Assembly. Click here to learn about the effects of Senate Bill 52.
Recognizing Ohio Businesses
LaRose kicked off the Ohio Business Spotlight – an initiative designed to highlight strong and innovative businesses which serve as examples of Ohio’s economic potential. Be sure to check out October's featured businesses.
Rock The Vote
"We applaud Secretary of State Frank LaRose for the work he has done to ensure Ohioans can cast their ballot. Flexible voting options, like those offered in Ohio, should be more widely available across the U.S." - Melissa Wyatt, Rock the Vote
Ohio Leads on Redistricting Reform
The United States Supreme Court ruled on Congressional Redistricting, thereby throwing out the current challenge and allowing Ohio to move forward on its new congressional redistricting process upon completion of the next U.S. Census. Click here to learn more about Ohio's congressional redistricting process.
HB 6 Court Decision
The Secretary of State’s office did not receive any petitions seeking a referendum of Am. Sub House Bill 6 by the statutory deadline this month.