Keeping Elections Local and Bipartisan
Ohioans have confidence in our elections system because it is a cooperative, bipartisan process from start to finish. Ohio’s elections are run from within our communities and municipalities, and the board of elections officials who administer them are accessible and accountable. This week, HR 1 – a bill in Congress that would have federalized elections and upended Ohio’s trusted election system – failed to move forward in the U.S. Senate. This was a big win for Ohio, and for now, Ohio’s proven system of professional, bipartisan election administration remains intact. Secretary LaRose spoke with reporter John Kosich on this issue to further explain how it would impact Ohio voters.
In short, last year Ohio ran its most successful election in state history. While a number of other states struggled amid the challenges brought on by a pandemic and a heated Presidential election, Ohioans went to bed on Election Night knowing and trusting the outcome in the results. This is in part due to Ohio elections being run by accountable, bipartisan, and professional election officials. If passed, HR 1 will upend Ohio’s election system and compromise the confidence that voters have come to appreciate by undermining an election structure specifically created to allow for local bipartisan control.
This week, the Ohio General Assembly voted to reaffirm the importance of keeping election administration a state and local function. Last week, Secretary LaRose testified in support of HCR5, a state resolution urging federal lawmakers to oppose HR 1, and on Wednesday, the Ohio legislature passed HCR5 and sent a clear message to Congress — HR 1 is NOT right for Ohio or the rest of the nation.
Reminding Voters of the upcoming Special Primary
NBC4 Digital Anchor Kristine Varkony spoke with the Secretary on what people need to know about the upcoming special elections for Ohio’s 11th and 15th Congressional Districts, and they discussed election legislation at the state and federal levels.
The registration deadline for the August 3rd special primary election is July 6th!
Showcasing Ohio's Remarkable Businesses and Job Creators in our Own Backyards
June is National Candy Month and a perfect excuse to enjoy some of Ohio’s local candy producers and shops. On Wednesday, Secretary LaRose toured McJak Candy in Medina, one of the businesses featured in the Secretary’s Ohio Business Spotlight this month. The Secretary met with McJak leadership, spoke with their employees to learn more about their work, and showcased their operation and success to other Ohioans thinking of launching their own business. If you have a sweet tooth, find out if one of our featured businesses is near you in our June Ohio Business Spotlight!
Highlighting Ohio's Record-Breaking New Business Filings
On Thursday, the Secretary announced the new business filings for the month of May. For the second month in a row, Ohio soared past 20,000 new business filings — a 56% increase from May of last year, and fresh off the heels of year in which Ohioans established more businesses than in any time in Ohio history.
Ohioans are finding it is easy to do business in the Buckeye State. Discover how easy it is to start your own business at OhioSoS.gov/Business.
Doing More to Keep Survivors of Domestic Assault Safe
This week, Secretary LaRose spoke with WKYC’s Monica Robins about Ohio’s Safe at Home program which helps protect the personal information of domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors from those who might do them harm. These survivors should never have to forgo their right to vote out of fear that their personal information might be compromised. Currently, the Secretary continues to work with the Ohio General Assembly on HB 93, an effort to extend the Safe at Home privacy protections to domestic abuse survivors wishing to keep their personal information secure. Learn more about Ohio’s Safe at Home program here.
Important Election Dates & Reminders:
- July 6th: Deadline to register to vote
- July 7th: Early voting begins
- August 3rd: Special Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- October 4th: Deadline for voter registration for the Nov. 2 general election
- November 2nd: General Election Day. Polls open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- The Secretary attended the Ohio Chamber’s Coffee and Commerce to hear from Ohio businesses how they started and their ideas for helping new entrepreneurs start and build their own business.
- Matt Masterson, a policy fellow with the Stanford Internet Observatory, interviewed Secretary LaRose on the takeaways from the 2020 election and how our nation can move forward after dealing with a pandemic, cybersecurity challenges, and mis/disinformation.