Raise a Glass to Democracy
The Raise a Glass to Democracy voter registration campaign began as a brainstorm between the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and Rhinegeist Brewery. With their creative support, more than 30 Ohio breweries have signed up to create an “Every Vote Counts” beer using a universal label designed to encourage civic engagement and boost voter registration. Most breweries are expected to have their beers ready for sale at their respective locations by early September, well ahead of the October 5th registration deadline. The label promotes the VoteOhio.gov website while also allowing each brewer to include their own branding! Click here to learn more or watch the news clip.
This Week Was National Disability Voter Registration Week!
Secretary LaRose Partnered with Opportunities for Ohioans with disabilities Director Kevin Miller, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director Jeff Davis and special guest Jamie Lahmer, the youth coordinator for The Center for Disability Empowerment for an important Public Service Announcement. In a video shared on National Disability Voter Registration Day, they urged Ohioans with disabilities to register to vote and take advantage of Ohio’s safe and accessible voting options.
Additionally, this week’s Ready for November Task Force meeting was centered around accessible voting in Ohio. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Director Kevin Miller, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director Jeff Davis and ADA staff from the Ohio Secretary of State’s office all joined the discussion.
Finally, Secretary LaRose visited the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections to see firsthand how voting will be safe and accessible for Ohioans of all abilities this fall. The Cuyahoga BoE has a special election with early voting and are already implementing best practices to ensure voters, including those with disabilities, have a safe and accessible voting experience.
Defend Democracy as a Poll Worker on November 3!
Given the global health crisis,, we need new poll workers to ensure Ohio’s polling locations are adequately staffed on election day. Secretary LaRose is calling on patriotic Ohioans to consider signing up to serve as a poll worker this Fall. Sign up today at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy and join the team that will help ensure our elections remain safe, secure, and accurate.
Ohioans Starting New Businesses at Record Pace
In June, more than 16,000 new businesses filed in Ohio. That is 24% more than last month and a 61% increase over June 2019. Secretary LaRose knows you would ask “Why?” and has an answer: “because when faced with challenging economic times, Ohio entrepreneurs rise to the occasion living up to our states’ proud tradition of innovation and grit.” Read more here.
Welcome to the Elections Family!
This week the Madison County Board of Elections swore in a new Director and Deputy Director to help lead safe and secure elections for the residents of Madison County! Abby Metheney will be the new Director and Daniel Edwards will serve asthe new Deputy Director. Congratulations!
Women Finally Getting Their Due at the Statehouse
The Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission was given preliminary approval by the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board to pursue erecting a statue at the Ohio statehouse that will memorialize not only Ohio women who played an important role in the suffrage movement, but celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment as a nation.