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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending September 4, 2020

Absentee Ballot Requests Hitting Mailboxes

Earlier this summer, Secretary LaRose announced every registered Ohio voter would receive an absentee ballot request form in the mail. Those request forms are arriving in mailboxes this week – one week ahead of schedule.

Secretary LaRose recently visited the print shop where these ballot requests were printed. Check it out!



First-Ever Poll Worker Tracker

In an effort to continue providing voters with unprecedented levels of transparency, Secretary LaRose is providing Ohioans with weekly poll worker updates as reported by the 88 county boards of elections. At, you will find a breakdown of the minimum number of poll workers required, the goal number of poll workers counties should strive for, and the remaining number of poll workers needed for each county to reach their goal.


The Eyes of the World are on O-H-I-O

Secretary LaRose skyped into MSNBC on Monday morning to talk to correspondent Geoff Bennett on the 88 county drop boxes available to all Ohioans! Click here to watch.


Don Lemon, CNN Anchor, talked to Secretary LaRose about returning your absentee ballot as soon as possible. Click here to watch.



Power the Polls

More than 5,000 future poll workers joined a Zoom call with secretaries of state from around the nation to learn what it means to be a poll worker, why it’s important to serve, and how to recruit more friends. Secretary LaRose spoke from the road about how Ohio is reaching new poll workers.

Social Distancing from the Experts

Jason McClure from Cedar Point joined this week’s Ready for November Task Force to discuss their tips for how they manage lines and social distancing at their parks. Geauga County Board of Elections Director Pete Zeigler also joined to discuss the strategies they use to recruit poll workers.

Styling for Democracy – NOW VOTE!

Secretary LaRose launched Styling for Democracy. Now Vote! - a partnership with barbershops and salons, and the schools that feed into them. The partnership is designed to encourage members of their community to sign up to be a poll worker on November 3rd, register their family & friends to vote, and educate the community on requesting and completing absentee ballots.


Electric Co-Ops

Rural voters traditionally have lower voter registration rates. In an effort to boost voter registration, our office partnered with Ohio’s electric co-ops and the Ohio Department of Agriculture to film a short video encouraging co-op customers to register to vote and make their voice heard.


Invest in Democracy Virtual Summit

Secretary LaRose joined a discussion on what business leaders can do to advocate for the integrity of the 2020 general election. He highlighted our work in Ohio to recruit poll workers and promote voter registration. Additionally, he shared the many steps that are being taken to secure the election during the coronavirus pandemic.

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