Let's Vote, Ohio!
Ohio is a leader in the nation when it comes to early voting – with 216 hours of early in-person voting, and national recognized absentee ballot system, Ohioans have many options to make their voice heard before Election Day.
- Secretary LaRose launched a public service announcement, in partnership with the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, to encourage Ohioans to vote this election season. Click here to watch.
- On Tuesday, Ohio started voting in the 2020 General Election. We have worked hard along with our bipartisan boards of elections for months to be ready for this moment. Voting is safe and we are ready. Check out the Secretary’s Op-Ed to learn more.
- On the same day that early in-person voting started, county boards of elections started to mail out absentee ballots to Ohioans that sent in a request. Some voters received their ballots that evening! Remember to fully complete, sign, and mail back your absentee ballot ASAP this year to help our boards of elections ensure a safe and secure election.
- To get the word out about the voter registration deadline and early voting , Secretary LaRose did almost 50 television and radio interviews this week to encourage Ohioans to register to vote and head to the polls!
- This week Secretary LaRose spoke to NBC Nightly News reporter Cynthia McFadden about what happens after the polls close on election day. Click here to watch.
- The Secretary held a Twitter Q&A this week to help answer voter’s questions as voting began this week. Check out the full Q&A here.
- Monday was the last day to register to vote in Ohio and Ohioans got the message. For the first time ever, more than 8 million Ohioans are registered to vote.
Our Election Officials Are Patriots
- Our election officials — Republicans and Democrats — are dedicated professionals who are working hard for their neighbors, their state, and their nation. As we began early voting in Ohio, Secretary LaRose released a video as a reminder of the incredible work done by them. Also this served as an effort to thank the hard working professionals who make it all happen.
- The Secretary stopped by the Madison County Board of Elections where their hardworking team stayed late to accept voter registration forms on the evening of the deadline. He dropped off food and talked to them about their work to ensure they were ready for early voting.
- On the first day of early in-person voting, the county boards of elections were exciting places! While there were some lines, they moved quickly and exhibited the real enthusiasm Ohioans have about voting in this year’s general election. Voters did a great job with social distancing, wearing masks and staying safe. Our regional staff were on site to help voters who had questions and report on the good news.
Women Owned Businesses in Ohio Are Certified!
The Ohio Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Certification program became effective on Thursday, which empowers women owned businesses to be more visible in Ohio when it comes to government entities and other large businesses, increasing business opportunities. During his time in the Ohio Senate, Secretary LaRose was a big booster of the legislation that made the WBE certification possible. Women business owners in Ohio can sign up at WBE.Ohio.gov for this official designation to help your enterprise thrive!
- The Secretary had a call with the Buckeye Sheriff’s Association to thank them for their service and discuss their responsibilities in the election.
- The Secretary discussed business services and election updates with community leaders during the Richland Community Development Group’s monthly meeting.
- Alpha Phi Alpha hosted the Secretary on their “A Voteless People is a Hopeless People” Zoom meeting to discuss misinformation, how absentee ballots are secure, and other election issues.
- The National Eagle Scout Association hosted the Secretary to speak on how scouting impacted his life and gave an update on the 2020 election. He also requested that all former and current scouts sign up to be poll workers this year.
- The Secretary met virtually with the Kent State University Undergraduate Student Government, discussing voting issues and the upcoming election.
- Secretary LaRose joined Michigan Secretary of State Benson in an online event hosted by the Ford School at the University of Michigan to discuss voter turnout and access in Ohio and Michigan.
- The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division asked the Secretary to join their annual conference to discuss the importance of civility in a democratic society and what young lawyers can do to effect positive change, where he mentioned Ohio’s program for lawyers to earn CLE credits by serving as poll workers.