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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 28, 2020

Working to Keep Ohioans on the Voting Rolls

On Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose released the Registration Readiness list. No one on the list of 115,816 inactive registrations will be cancelled prior to the November 3, 2020 General Election. Boards of elections will restore the registration status of any registrant that votes, updates or confirms their registration, responds to a mailing, or engages in any other voter activity from now until December 7, 2020. Ohioans can learn more and search the list by visiting VoteOhio.gov/RegistrationReadiness.

2020 Ohio Election's Officials (Virtual) Summer Conference

Each summer, Secretary LaRose hosts the Ohio Election's Officials Summer Conference. Due to the global pandemic, we moved this conference to a virtual format. This week, hundreds of elections officials from across Ohio took part by watching informational and instructional videos to help them prepare for the November election, as well as a live keynote address by Secretary LaRose. 

All-Star Election Officials Recognized

Congratulations to Michelle Wilcox & Carolyn Gorup on being recognized as the 2019 Democratic & Republican Pat Wolfe Election Official of the Year Award Winners.

Dash for Democracy

Secretary LaRose started the "Dash for Democracy" 5K at last year’s Ohio Election's Officials Summer Conference. This year it went virtual! Eric Heis, an employee in the Secretary of State’s office, ran the 5k in a pattern that spelled VOTE!

 

Celebrating Women’s Equality Day

This Wednesday, the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission honored Women’s Equality Day with a video reminder about the history of the passage of the 19th amendment, the importance of voting, and the lessons that can be passed on to the next generation. Watch the video here.

Holding Elected Officials Accountable

The Secretary of State’s Office routinely examines campaign finance reports filed with the state, and commonly works with candidates and campaign committees to ensure transparency and compliance is achieved. After weeks of review into campaign finance documents submitted to the Secretary’s office and the Federal Election Commission, 162 alleged violations of Ohio campaign finance laws were referred to the Ohio Elections Commission primarily relating to Representative Householder's campaign to become the Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives.

Challenging Ohioans!

Secretary LaRose is challenging Ohioans to reach out to three family members, friends or co-workers to remind them to register to vote at VoteOhio.gov.

While helping bail hay on the family farm where he worked in his youth, Secretary LaRose put out a call for poll workers. Check it out here.

Additional Meetings

  • Discussed a virtual voter registration drive with Equality Ohio.
  • Talked about civic engagement and leadership on a Zoom call with the Boys & Girls Club Ohio Alliance.
  • Toured the Ohio-based printer that is producing the statewide absentee application mailing.
  • A bipartisan group of four Secretaries of State, including Secretary LaRose, represented the National Association of Secretaries of State on a call with United State Postal Service Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to discuss how the USPS is preparing for the influx of election mail this fall.
  • Spoke with the Ohio Secretary of State's Diversity Empowerment Council & the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus regarding preparations for the fall election.    
  • Joined the County Commissioners Assocation of Ohio and the Ohio Association of Elections Officials Joint Committee on Administration of Elections to talk about the call to action to engage county governments to ecourage employees to be poll workers.
  • Spoke to the Ohio Women's Coalition about women's entrepreneurship and the imporantice of civic engagement.

 

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Maggie Sheehan
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