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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending September 18, 2020

Making sure Ohio, and our nation, are Ready for November

Secretary LaRose was proud to host an event with leaders of Ohio Veteran’s Service Organizations to announce a special poll worker recruitment initiative called ‘A Second Call to Duty’. With this innovative recruiting program LaRose calls on his fellow veterans to continue keeping their oath of enlistment to “Support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” by serving Ohio and America in a new way - as an Election Day poll worker!

 

More than 50 craft breweries in Ohio are participating in “Raise a Glass to Democracy”, including the newly opened Esoteric Brewing Co. in Cincinnati. The press event also served as a voter registration drive for the Walnut Hills community.

 

The Secretary was asked to return for this year’s Nationwide Insurance’s get-out-the-vote effort, speaking virtually to 30,000 employees -- 14,000 of which are in Ohio and were asked to be poll workers!

 

The Secretary took his daughters to Adams County to make their way through the “Vote 2020” corn maze at Erwin Farms. What a great way to encourage voter participation!

 

This week Secretary LaRose joined thousands of AARP Ohio’s members to discuss how the voting process works and deadlines for the upcoming election. In case you missed it, click here to listen! 

 

This week the United States Postal Service (USPS) Postmaster General Louis DeJoy joined Secretary LaRose and other secretaries on the weekly National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Elections Committee virtual meeting to talk about the process behind election mail.

 

Statement attributable to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose:

“I was happy to hear from the Postmaster General that election mail will continue to be their top priority, and with that commitment comes accountability. Here in Ohio, beginning in October we expect certain protocols to be continued which proved to speed up election mail in the final days of the primary. The Postmaster General committed to ensure this helpful collaboration will continue between the USPS Senior Leadership and our nation’s Chief Elections Officers. Additionally they reiterated that election mail lacking sufficient postage will still be delivered. The Postal Service is just that – a service for the American people, and our boards will work together with the hard-working postal workers in their communities to run a successful election.”

Secretary LaRose spoke virtually to associates from L Brands encouraging them to serve as poll workers, informing them about the election, and answering questions.

 

Secretary LaRose participated in the Election Assistance Commission’s Registration Roundtable to discuss Ohio’s innovative voter registration initiatives.

 

Important Election Information

  • Absentee Ballots Applications Received: 1,398,347
  • Poll Worker Tracker: 39,894 Current Committed Poll Workers
  • Military and overseas voting started Sept 18th
  • National Voter Registration Day is Sept 22nd
  • Last day to register to vote is October 5th
  • Absentee Ballots start being sent out October 6th

 

ADDITIONAL EVENTS:

  • Co-hosted the Cincinnati Green Beret Foundation virtual reception and auction in support of Special Forces veterans and their families.
  • Spoke to the Committee for Economic Development about Ohio’s preparation for the 2020 election and initiatives the business community can take to help.
  • Kicked off the University of Dayton Law School’s “Speakers Series for Engagement in the 2020 Elections”.
  • Hosted Mr. Tsutomu Nakagawa, Political & Economic Affairs Consul General of Japan in Detroit at the Secretary of State’s office.
  • Testified in front of Senate Committee advocating for more transparency, simplicity, and accountability in Ohio’s campaign finance laws. 
  • Provided an update on the latest election laws to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Virtual Voter's Summit.

 

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Maggie Sheehan
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