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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 31, 2020


Getting Dark Money Out of Ohio Politics

To finally shine a light on the dark money contributions that have long plagued our political process, Representatives Gayle Manning and Jessica Miranda introduced HB 737, a strong first step towards improving campaign finance reporting in Ohio.

Secretary LaRose has championed such reform for years and  wrote about the subject of dark money in early 2019 in an op-ed that was featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Click here to read the full op-ed.

Without Legislative Action, Ohioans Need to Know Don’t Delay Submitting Absentee Applications

On Monday, an editorial from the Secretary titled “Time is running out for a crucial Ohio election law fix” was published calling on the state legislature to pass a bill that pushes the deadline to request an absentee ballot to a full week before the election, rather than the logistically impossible current three-day deadline.

On the Road

LaRose spent time in Akron, Toledo, and Dayton this week as he promoted voter registration and other efforts.

  • Theken Companies have adapted their businesses during COVID to help Ohioans. They were featured in the Secretary’s business spotlight earlier this year.
    The Great Trail Council Golf Outing was a success in supporting scout troops in Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Trumbull and Northern Wayne Counties.
  • The Secretary spoke to UA Local 50 plumbers and pipefitters about registering to vote and being poll workers this November.
  • Maumee Bay Brewing Company hosted the first regional press event for “Raise a Glass to Democracy,” a partnership with craft brewers to promote voter registration.
  • The Secretary was glad to do an interview with the Dayton League of Women Voters for their cable show. They discussed being a poll worker and how to cast an absentee ballot.

Zooming along

  • The first virtual meeting this week was with the Greater Akron Chamber to discuss record business filing numbers, poll worker recruitment, and how Ohio will be ready for November. The Chamber committed to give their workers a day off so they can serve as poll workers and participate in “Work the Day/Share your Pay” where poll workers donate their pay to a local charity.
  • On Thursday, the Secretary shared his history of public service with Ubuntu Leadership Institute students and faculty at Masters Preparatory Academy. He stressed the importance of civic engagement, including voter registration, and how the spirit of entrepreneurship thrives in Ohio. Umbuntu is a training and mentorship program for African-American young men.

Hancock County Getting ready for August Special  Election!

The Secretary met with board staff and toured the Board of Elections while discussing poll worker recruitment ideas and the best ways to be ready for November. Check out the innovative ways that Hancock County residents are staying safe while voting in their August Special Election.

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