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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending May 22, 2020

Ready For November

The Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com Editorial Board wrote about Secretary LaRose’s recommendations to prepare Ohio for the November election. The plan provides Ohioans the same choices they have had for decades, a safe way to vote in-person, absentee, or early. Click here to read more

Official Canvas Information

County boards had to complete their final official canvas by May 19th. Upon their submission, we conduct our review of the data. Once completed, we certify the results. This process is currently taking place and we hope for it to be completed by the end of next week. This is a standard amount of time for such a review to occur and not specific to this year’s primary election.

We Love Our Heroes

Last weekend, the nation took time to celebrate Armed Services Day. “Joining the Army was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” said LaRose. “To all my brothers and sisters who have served or are currently serving in the greatest military in the world, happy #ArmedServicesDay.” Check out what the Ohio Secretary of State’s office is doing to assist overseas military voters, encourage veteran entrepreneurs looking to start a new business, and supporting veterans with the “I Vote in Honor of a Veteran” initiative at OhioSoS.gov.

November Signature Gathering for Petitions Lawsuit

This week United States District Court Judge Edmund Sargus Jr. ruled to allow campaigns to have until July 31, 2020 to gather required signatures and to allow them to be collected electronically. Below is a statement from Ohio Secretary of State's Press Secretary Maggie Sheehan:
This week a federal judge ruled that groups can ignore the Ohio Constitution to get their issues on the ballot in November. Let me be clear, the petition requirements set in the Ohio Constitution and decisions on changing them belong to the General Assembly and the people. Our office has already informed Attorney General Yost that we intend to appeal the ruling.

Holocaust Commemoration

LaRose joined state leaders virtually to commemorate and honor those lost in the Holocaust and to commit once again to working to assure that such evil never occur again.

Business Numbers Growing

More than 11,000 new business filings came in during the peak of both an economic and public health emergency. Almost all of these filings were done online through OhioBusinessCentral.gov, but our business services center has now reopened downtown complete with a physical safety shield constructed by Secretary LaRose and his daughters.

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Maggie Sheehan
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614.466.2729