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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 7, 2020

Registration Readiness

  • In accordance with his duty as Ohio Secretary of State and following both federal and state law, Secretary LaRose has issued a directive to implement voter list maintenance. Under this process, no registration will be cancelled prior to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Counties will now work to collect qualifying registrations and provide their list to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. Once reviewed by the Secretary’s office in late August, the list of identified registrants will be published on our website. Any individual who appears on the Registration Readiness list and votes in the fall election, engages in any voter activity, or confirms their registration on the Secretary of State website will not have their registration cancelled. Click here to learn more.

Coming to a screen near you!

  • Secretary LaRose was featured on CNN's "New Day" with reporter John Berman to talk about what Americans can expect on Election Night. Click here to watch!
  • David Spunt, correspondent with Fox News, spoke with Secretary LaRose about requirements for absentee ballots this fall. Click here to watch.Three months from Election Day, Secretary LaRose hosted a virtual town hall on Facebook Live to give an update on what is being done to prepare for the election and to answer questions from voters. Click here to watch the full town hall.
  • On this week's Ready for November Task Force, Secretary LaRose was joined by Tammy Patrick from the Democracy Fund and Justin Glass from the United States Postal Service to discuss efforts to ensure timely delivery of absentee ballots. Click here to watch the task force meeting. 

Getting Dark Money Out of Politics

  • Secretary LaRose, Representative Gayle Manning, and Representative Jessica Miranda met on Monday to discuss improvements to HB 737, the legislators’ bill to reform campaign finance reporting in Ohio. –The three brainstormed a series of recommendations that will provide greater transparency, simplicity, and accountability.    

Connecting with Ohio's Minority Community

  • Secretary LaRose announced the formalization of a longstanding relationship with leaders in the minority community by announcing the Secretary of State’s Diversity and Empowerment Council on Tuesday. The 35-member group’s goal is “to remove barriers and empower members of Ohio’s minority communities to make their voices heard as voters and to live their American dream as business owners," said LaRose. They will meet periodically to will serve as the bridge between the Ohio Secretary of State’s office and the culturally diverse communities throughout the state.
    A Special Election in 13 Counties
  • Voters in 13 of Ohio’s 88 counties held a special election on Tuesday. Secretary LaRose was on hand at the Fayette County Board of Elections to observe the tabulation process and safety procedures.

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