Check Your Mailbox Around Labor Day
This week, the Ohio Controlling Board authorized the use of federal dollars to allow the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office to send absentee ballot request forms – not ballots -- to all 7.8 million registered voters in Ohio. The mailing of the request forms will begin around Labor Day and is estimated to cost around $1.5 million. This cost will be covered entirely through federal funds, not state dollars. Click here to learn more.
Ohio’s Strong Entrepreneurial Spirit
LaRose announced that a record 12,892 new businesses were created in May. This 13% increase from the prior month is just one testament to the entrepreneurial spirit in the Buckeye State. This week, LaRose also shined a light on several businesses throughout Ohio that have taken creative steps to keep their workers and customers safe during this challenging time. Learn about the businesses in the spotlight at OhioSoS.gov/Spotlight. Click here to watch the video spotlighting our June businesses.
Empowering Minority Businesses Across Ohio
This week, Secretary LaRose held his seventh regional minority business roundtable since taking office with entrepreneurs in the Youngstown 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 minority business resources here.
Ohio Needs All Voting Options in November
At our Ready for November Task Force meeting, OSU Mortiz School of Law Professor Ned Foley stated that the multiple options Ohioans have for casting a ballot is our greatest strength. Sherry Poland, Director of the Hamilton County Board of Elections, also joined us and shared great ideas to recruit more polls workers, like involving the veteran community. Click here to watch this week’s task force meeting.
Stopping Disinformation in its Tracks
Today, Secretary LaRose led a virtual briefing with minority community leaders in northern Ohio to brief them on efforts from foreign powers to sew distrust in our elections. The session discussed the current threat landscape, provided examples of the tactics used by our adversaries, and taught effective ways to combat disinformation. This is one of several disinformation briefings the Secretary has organized throughout the state. If you want to report any election administration disinformation or misinformation, send an e-mail with details to [email protected]
Leading The Way
Secretary LaRose addressed the Leadership Ohio Class of 2020 this week. During this pandemic, these leaders were still able to finish their course. LaRose spoke to these students about election security and preparing for the November election.