A Note from Secretary LaRose:
We are just three days away from the start of early voting for Ohio’s 2020 primary election. That means eligible Ohioans have until February 18th to register to vote. Please do your part and help spread the word that it is easy to register online at VoteOhio.gov!
As we enter the early voting phase, we need your help to highlight Ohio’s position as one of the top states for early voting opportunities. This primary season, Ohio will have 27 days of early voting, far above the national average of 19. Additionally, we’re one of 20 states that allow Saturday voting and one of just five states that has voting on Sunday.
Also, just a couple weeks ago we reached our deadline for counties to complete all the requirements of our enhanced election security directive. The mandatory upgrades were certainly a big challenge. Thanks to the hard work of election officials across Ohio, our state is now THE national leader in election security. Click here for the full update.
I encourage you to keep reading to see some of what my team and I have been working on since the new year!
Yours in service,
Ohio Statehouse Women's Suffrage Memorial
The Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission is proposing a memorial to appear on statehouse grounds in honor of the Women's 100th Anniversary of the right to vote. Click here to read more.
Highlighting Ohio’s Centennial Businesses
LaRose announced a new Ohio Business Spotlight. In January, we honored the businesses that have stood strong for 100 years or more, highlighting Ohio’s long-term strength in our national economy. Click here to learn more.
Record Breaking Business Filings for Year One
The Secretary announced 130,621 new businesses filed in Ohio in 2019, setting a new annual record. 9,071 new entities filed to do business in Ohio in December – the best December on record – and helped drive Ohio over the 130,000 new businesses threshold for the first time ever. Click here to read more.
A New Chief Information Security Officer to Strengthen Our Elections
LaRose announced Sean M. McAfee as the new Chief Information Security Officer for the Ohio Secretary of State's office. SB 52 went into effect at the end of January and a key aspect of that bill establishes a Chief Information Security Officer in the Secretary of State’s office. McAfee will not only work to enhance cybersecurity efforts at the state level, but will support work in all 88 counties. Click here to learn more about SB 52.
Dispatch Weighs in On LaRose Idea for Fixing Ohio’s Antiquated Voter Registration System
The Columbus Dispatch said they would “love to hear partisans argue less about that process and more about the best policies to move Ohio forward.” Read and share their support of Secretary LaRose's ideas by clicking here.
LaRose Talks Ohio at Premier International Election Security Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel
LaRose traveled to Israel to speak at CyberTech, the world’s premier international technology and cyber security conference, about Ohio’s efforts to boost election security. The Secretary’s trip included collaborative meetings with public officials, academics & cyber security experts, and an in-depth look into how Israel runs their elections. Read more about his trip here.