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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 10, 2020

Ready for November Plan Sent to County Boards

Directive 2020-11 was sent to Ohio’s county boards of elections this week, detailing how they must utilize federal dollars to improve their election infrastructure, hire temporary personnel, enhance their supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), and recruit poll workers. 87% of Ohio’s $12M in federal CARES Act funds will be sent directly to the county boards of elections in support of their efforts to run a safe, secure, and accurate election. Learn more about the Ready for November Directive by clicking here.

Safe Voting

Lorain County Public Health Commissioner David Covell visited the Ready for November Task Force this week to discuss precautions local officials should take to ensure a safe election this fall. His recommendations will help boards of elections better develop precinct election plans.

Businesses Join the Fight To Defend Democracy

Secretary LaRose held a press conference with the Hamilton County Board of Elections and Western & Southern Financial to highlight the public/private partnership to recruit poll workers for the upcoming election. Western and Southern has agreed to give their employees a paid day off for election day if they serve as a poll worker and is encouraging other businesses across the state to do the same. Sign up to defend democracy as a poll worker at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy.

Connecting With Portsmouth Business Leaders

Secretary LaRose, Senator Terry Johnson (R- McDermott), and Representative Brian Baldridge (R- Winchester) hosted a virtual business roundtable with Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce members at Shawnee State University. Interested in starting a business in Ohio? Visit OhioSoS.gov/Business to start yours today! 

Board of Elections' Spotlight

County Boards of Elections throughout the state are going above and beyond to ensure voters and poll workers are kept safe during in-person voting. The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has adapted many of the leading best practices to keep their voters and poll workers safe. They have clear dividers, PPE, and a plan to keep voting equipment clean. A great model for other counties!

Doing More to Recognize a Century of Women's Suffrage and Those Who Made it Happen

The Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission met this week to discuss ongoing projects. The Commission is working to have a statue dedicated to the brave suffragists who worked to bring this important change to our state and nation. Next week, the WSCC will be meeting with the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board to discuss the approval of this project.

Remembering the Holocaust

While in Cincinnati this week, Secretary LaRose stopped by the Cincinnati Holocaust & Humanity Center. At the museum they challenge all who visit to be an upstander, not a bystander, so that the horrors of the holocaust never happen again.

We Need You to be a Poll Worker!

Today, Secretary LaRose participated in the Ohio Secretary of State’s Precinct Election Officials working group with various boards of elections statewide. This working group was first established in 2019 to develop best practices for recruitment, retention, and training for Precinct Elections Officials. The Secretary is reconvening the group in 2020 to address those issues again in light of the unique challenges faced by the boards. Please help us spread the word and have individuals sign up to work the polls at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy

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