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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 21, 2020

Work Continues in Preparation for Election Day

On Tuesday, Lake County business RB Sigma LLC announced a partnership with Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose to donate 463,500 Ohio made surgical masks to help keep voters and poll workers safe. The masks will be delivered to every county board of elections between August 28 and September 2. Learn more about preparing for Election Day by following this link.

RB Sigma donates PPE for General Election

Secretary LaRose announced plans to request the authority from the Ohio Controlling Board to use funds from the Secretary’s office to pay for postage on ALL absentee ballots, making every mailbox a drop box for voters. The Ohio Controlling Board meets on Monday, August, 24th. Follow this link to learn more about prepaid postage.

LaRose proposes plan to prepay return postage

In an effort to ensure every eligible voter gets registered and can make their voice heard, Secretary LaRose is sending 110,448 Ohioans who are eligible to vote but aren’t yet registered information about how to get registered in time for the fall general election. 85,054 recipients of the mailing are 21 or under. Ohioans can register to vote at VoteOhio.gov.

Register online at VoteOhio.gov

Earlier today, the National Association of Secretaries of State announced Secretary LaRose has been selected to serve as the organization’s Elections Committee Co-Chair. He will be joined by Democratic Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Since June, 145,302 Ohioans have already updated their registration online at VoteOhio.gov. Voters have until October 5 to register or update their registration. The process is easy and will take just a few minutes at VoteOhio.gov.

Getting the Word Out

Phoenix Brewing in Mansfield, OH will put the “Every Vote Counts” label (including “Register to vote by October 5th at VoteOhio.gov”) on all of their crowler cans this September. Crowlers can be filled with any beer they have on tap and enjoy it at home. Follow this link to read about the visit to Crowlers.

LaRose visits Crowlers Brewery   Crowlers Brewery in Mansfield, OH

Bright and early on Saturday morning, Secretary LaRose did an interview with Kristen Welker & Peter Alexander, hosts of NBC’s TODAY show, about how Ohio is dealing with the postal concerns heading toward November 3rd. Follow this link to watch the Secretary's spot on the Today show.

Secretary LaRose appears on the Today show

The Ready for November Task Force met again this week to discuss how Ohio’s cybersecurity initiatives have made our state a national leader in election security. Cybersecurity experts joined the conversation to provide county boards of elections tips about how to prepare for upcoming election, as well as encourage voters to utilize trusted websites to obtain information.

Additional Meetings

  • Zoom call with the Urban League to recruit poll workers
  • Meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers to discuss various voter initiatives
  • Zoom call with The Ridge Project to discuss the Restore Your Right to Vote Project for registering individuals who are out of prison to vote.
  • Spoke to the We the People Convention on voter registration and serving as a poll worker
  • Spoke virtually to the Cincinnati Government Strategies for their luncheon about the work being done to ensure a fair election this fall
  • Volunteered at a food drive at Edwin’s Butcher shop to support the Cleveland community
  • Ran in the virtual Steps 'N Salutes virtual 5k to support the Green Beret Foundation

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