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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 2, 2021

Registration Deadline Approaching

For voters of the 11th and 15th Congressional districts, an important deadline is approaching. June 6th is the deadline to register to vote for the August 3rd Congressional Special Election Primary to fill the seats of Congresswoman Marsha Fudge and Congressman Steve Stivers. Ohio makes registering to vote easy. In addition to options for submitting a paper voter registration form, Ohioans can register from their computer or mobile device in just a few quick steps at VoteOhio.gov.

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Early Voting Starts July 7th

Early voting for the August 3rd Congressional Special Election Primary begins on Wednesday, June 7th. Ohio is a national leader with four weeks of early voting including weekend and evening hours. In fact, Ohio is one of only one of twenty states that offers Saturday voting and one of only five states that offer Sunday voting.

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Collaborating with Our Ally Israel

Thursday, Secretary of State Frank LaRose hosted the Acting Consul General of Israel, Israel Nitzan, at his office in Columbus. They discussed the important cultural and economic relationship between the U.S. and Israel, and the opportunities for tech and business partnership, especially in the evolving cybersecurity landscape.

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The Secretary also joined Consul General Nitzan at the Ohio Jewish Communities Annual Meeting. Secretary LaRose celebrated the strong ties between Ohio and Israel and shared his insights on how we can continue to be collaborative partners in both cyber defenses and business development. 

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In the News: Arizona Ballot Harvesting Prohibition Affirmed by U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed an Arizona law prohibiting a practice known as ballot harvesting, which Ohio has long outlawed. Ballot harvesting occurs when third parties, typically political operatives, collect absentee ballots from voters and deliver them to polling locations or elections offices, creating opportunities for tampering and fraud. To accommodate voters who may be disabled or unable to deliver their ballot themselves, Ohio law does permit close family members to deliver their ballots on their behalf—you can learn more about those exceptions here. The Supreme Court ruling is a victory for election security and integrity and for maintaining public confidence in election results.

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.

Additional Meetings:

The Secretary spoke at the grand opening of the new Akron Canton Regional Food Bank Stark County campus. Secretary LaRose worked for the Akron Canton Regional Food Bank for years and continues to collaborate with CEO Dan Flowers on voter engagement activities. The Secretary and his wife also are frequent volunteers and supporters. In 2020, the food bank provided the equivalent of 27.4 million meals throughout the community. The new facility will ease storage constraints to help them better serve Northeast Ohio.

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Secretary LaRose visited with the Wooster State Highway Patrol Post this week to congratulate Lt. Stephanie Norman on her retirement after bravely and professionally serving her community and state for 27 years.

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