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Ohio Secretary of State Week In Review for the Week Ending September 25, 2020

National Voter Registration Day!

To celebrate and promote National Voter Registration Day in Ohio, Secretary LaRose joined the Cavaliers, Browns, and Indians organizations for an event at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Volunteers helped fellow Ohioans register, request an absentee ballot, and enjoy the event with team mascots and a DJ.




To thank barbers for partnering to register voters and recruit poll workers as part of the “Styling for Democracy, Now Vote!” initiative, the Secretary stopped at Urban Kutz in Cleveland. He sat with Cleveland barbershop and salon owners to discuss election administration and how we can better reach potential voters.


More than fifty breweries are participating in “Raise a Glass to Democracy” and many have released their special “Every Vote Counts” beer at their tap houses. The Secretary met some locals at Great Lakes Brewing to taste their “Hop the Vote” Belgian IPA.



Not to be outdone by sports or beer, Ohio zoos celebrated National Voter Registration Day with posts of their animals encouraging zoo fans to make sure they are registered to make their roar ….er, voice heard this election.


When you can’t hold traditional voter registration events, you get creative! Our partners throughout Ohio held safe drive-up voter registration drives this week to help their community members get ready for November!


To help make voting in person safer for voters and poll workers alike, Secretary LaRose joined Anheuser-Busch to announce their production and donation of hand sanitizer for county boards of elections. Close to 3,000 gallons are being distributed to help keep both voters and election workers safe.


Back in Akron:

Secretary LaRose was back in Akron this week for several meetings and events. First, speaking to staff at Akron Children’s Hospital, sharing what Ohioans need to know about the 2020 election, encouraging staff to register to vote, and recruiting them to serve as a poll worker on Election Day.

At the University of Akron, Secretary LaRose encouraged the football team, who are training in a bubble, to be leaders among their peers by helping fellow students and teammates to be active voters. He also joined University of Akron president Gary Miller and student leadership to discuss the importance of youth engagement in voting and stopped by a voter registration drive on campus.


The Secretary shared and answered questions with the Akron Roundtable on preparations being made for the 2020 election, elections operations, and poll worker recruitment initiatives. You can watch the full event here.

Finally, the Secretary’s team joined the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank this week passing out voter registration forms and absentee ballot requests during the drive-through food distribution event.


Important Election Information:

  • Absentee Ballots Applications Received: 1,784,004
  • Poll Worker Tracker: 20,299 Poll Workers Still Needed to Reach Goal
  • Military and overseas voting started Sept 18th
  • Last day to register to vote is October 5th
  • Absentee Ballots start being sent out October 6th

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