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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending October 16, 2020

Voter Enthusiasm is Reaching Incredible Levels 

Early in-person voting is in full swing, and Ohioans are demonstrating what Ohioans know to be true — it is easy to vote in the Buckeye State!


Though record numbers of Ohioans are voting early in-person, the socially distanced lines were moving quickly.



The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) featured Secretary LaRose for an Elections 101 Press Virtual Briefing with national reporters. Click here to watch


This week Secretary LaRose joined reporter Jessie Balmert for a Facebook live Q&A session to inform voters statewide of answers to common questions they have as they head to the polls. 


Secretary LaRose posted a video highlighting a small but important change to how our office will be reporting results on election night. This unprecedented level of transparency allows voters to be well informed and can help prevent candidates and media from calling races before they should. 


Over 100 barbershops, salons, and barber schools have partnered with our office to help inform and empower their customers about voting through our “Styling for Democracy. Now Vote!” initiative! Learn more about this program here.


Important Election Information:

  • Absentee Ballots Applications Received: 2,470,268
  • Ballots Cast Early In Person: 193,021
  • Poll Worker Tracker: 6,914 Poll Workers Still Needed to Reach Goal
  • Early Voting Hours Next Week: Weekdays Only Monday, October 19th – Friday, October 23rd early voting is available from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


Additional Events

  • The Secretary visited Iron Workers Local Union 17 in Cleveland to discuss important issues that matter to working families in Ohio.
  • Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a voting webinar with the Secretary to prepare their members for the upcoming general election.
  • Secretary LaRose joined thousands of AARP Ohio’s members virtually to answer questions about how the voting process works and deadlines for the upcoming election.
  • The Secretary participated in a virtual discussion with the Tocqueville Society of the United Way Summit & Medina County.
  • The Secretary was featured on Georgetown University’s Institute of Politics and Public Service Live Q&A with Secretary Benson (MI), discussing absentee voting and elections during the pandemic.
  • Miami University’s Menard Family Center hosted a Zoom series on Democracy and Enhancing Ohioans Participation featuring Secretary LaRose.
  • Secretary LaRose participated in the bi-monthly National Association of Secretaries of State Elections Committee call where he highlighted how Ohio is ready for November and learn best practices from other states.
  • Poll Hero, an organization that recruits high school and college students throughout the country to be poll workers, spoke to the Secretary on their weekly Zoom call where he answered some questions about what it means to be a poll worker.

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Rob Nichols
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