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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending June 12, 2020

Election Legislation Awaits Senate Consideration

A few small legislative changes can have a big impact on making this election fair, safe, and secure-- giving Ohioans the option to vote in-person, early or absentee. HB 680 has now passed the House, including many of the Secretary’s recommendations and language previously apporved by the State Senate. This recent editorial from the Vindicator explains HB 680, while SB 191 allows absentee ballot requests to be placed online, an idea the Secretary has supported since his time in the Ohio Senate.

Empowering Community Leaders in the Fight Against Disinformation

Today, Secretary LaRose led a virtual briefing with minority community leaders in eastern Ohio to brief them on efforts from foreign enemies to sew distrust in elections. The session discussed the current threat landscape, provided examples of the tactics used by our adversaries, and taught ways to combat disinformation. This is one of several disinformation briefings the Secretary has organized throughout the state. 

Ready for November Task Force Meets Again

A. Philip Randolph Midwest Region President Andre Washington was right when he said that the Ready for November Task Force meetings allow election leaders to learn from the grassroots to ensure we run a successful general election. Tune in next Tuesday to The Ohio Channel to hear what new ideas are discussed and how Ohio can be Ready for November!

Strengthening Minority Entrepreneurs

This week, Secretary LaRose held his sixth regional minority business roundtable since taking office this week with entrepreneurs in the Akron business community. The Zoom discussion gave participants an opportunity to learn about resources, ask questions to a panel of experts, and give feedback on what more can be done for entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses. Learn more about resources available to minority business owners here.

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors One Step Closer to Additional Safety Measures

The expansion of Ohio’s ‘Safe at Home’ address confidentiality program passed the Ohio House after testimony from Secretary LaRose. This program is administered by the Secretary of State’s office and allows survivors the opportunity to ensure publicly available government databases do not allow a perpetrator to find them. More information and the Secretary’s statement can be found by clicking here.

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