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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending February 26, 2021

Keeping Washington Out of State-run Elections

  • This week, Secretary LaRose called on the United States Congress to vote against HR 1, a bill that would effectively take control over elections administration, a role that belongs to the states. HR 1 imposes significant changes that ignore both the United States Constitution and the unique election systems across the 50 states in an effort to standardize how states vote. Click here to read more about HR1.

Each state election system is unique - quote by Frank LaRose

Partnering with the Ohio Legislature

  • The Secretary gave testimony on the office budget to the House Higher Education subcommittee. LaRose highlighted the budget’s fiscal responsibility while maintaining Ohio as a national leader in elections and entrepreneurship.

LaRose speaks to the House Higher Education subcommittee

  • This week, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously passed the expansion of our Safe at Home program that shields the address of domestic and sexual violence survivors on government documents like voter registration. Kudos to Representatives LaRe and Abrams for their efforts in getting this bill passed.

Safe at Home logo

Continuing to Celebrate Black History in Ohio

  • More videos from the “Celebrating Ohio’s Black History: Stories from our Past to Guide our Future” series premiered this week. This series highlights personal and historical perspectives on voting rights and business creation. You can find all of the videos on Secretary LaRose’s Twitter and YouTube page.

Black history Month videos

Bi-Annual Adjustments in Campaign Contribution Limits

Adjustments to campaign contributions as required by law have been announced. This and other information from Secretary LaRose’s office is not just for politicians, but for all Ohioans to better hold their elected officials accountable. Follow this link to learn more about Campaign Finance limits.

Campaign Finance Limit Chart

Demanding Census Data

  • On February 13th, Secretary LaRose asked Attorney General Dave Yost to look at legal options to compel the census bureau to provide Ohio the data we need to conduct redistricting under the new, bipartisan system overwhelmingly approved by voters. This week, we filed suit to get it done. Federal law requires census data be provided to states by March 31st. But recently the Census Bureau announced they are delaying the data all the way until September 30th. That’s unworkable, and we’re doing something about it.

Gem City Highlights

  • The Dayton Development Coalition and Dayton Chamber of Commerce invited Secretary LaRose to join their monthly meeting to learn about new developments in the greater Dayton area, including promoting minority business creation in SW Ohio.

Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Dayton Development Coalition logo

  • Secretary LaRose was invited to tour the newest addition to the Dayton Arcade remodel, The Hub. The space is for new business ventures, social innovation, and entrepreneurship education. The Secretary then spoke to a group of entrepreneurs about his office’s “Gateway to Business” resources and efforts to encourage new business creation in Ohio.

LaRose speaks at The Hub

Additional Meetings:

  • Bunker Labs Columbus hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with Secretary LaRose and 10 Ohio veteran business owners. Secretary LaRose learned about how these veterans started and strengthened their businesses over time.

  • The Secretary joined three female African-American business owners via Zoom to learn more about overcoming entrepreneurial challenges in Ohio.

  • The Secretary met virtually with Black barbers from around Ohio to discuss the history of voting in their communities, the impact of Styling for Democracy, and how to continue reaching out on the importance of voting. Styling for Democracy was a hugely successful program implemented last year that encouraged voter registration and poll worker recruitment in urban communities with 300+ barbershops and colleges around the state participating. You can watch the live video conversation on Secretary LaRose's Facebook page.

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