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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending May 1, 2020

A Post-Election Message From Secretary LaRose

This unprecedented primary election has concluded. Click here to see a message from Secretary LaRose.

What They're Saying



Turnout Comparable to 2012 Primary Election

Despite an unprecedented transformation of 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 been long-decided, 1.8 million Ohioans made sure their voice was heard, with nearly 200,000 ballots still outstanding. 1.97 million Ohioans cast a vote in the competitive 2012 primary election, with the Republican primary winner coming out ahead by just one point.


All 88 county boards of elections went above and beyond to make voting by mail easy for Ohioans and some boards even helped boost the spirits of those coming to vote in person. An employee at the Warren County Board of Elections dressed as Uncle Sam to boost morale!

Zooming In

This week Secretary LaRose and Congressman Gonzalez (R - Rocky River) spoke to Boy Scout Troop 517 to help them earn their Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. 

Secretary LaRose joined the Civic Alliance Virtual Town Hall this week to help educate companies on Ohio's vote-by-mail process.

Providing Guidance for Boards

Secretary LaRose issued a directive on Friday afternoon that provides guidance to Ohio’s county boards of elections as they prepare to consider provisional votes. The directive can be viewed by clicking here as well as a reply from Secretary LaRose to Representatives Paula Hicks-Hudson, Michelle Lepore-Hagan and Bride Rose Sweeney can be found by clicking here.

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