Protecting the Integrity of Ohio's Elections
On Monday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose held a press conference to announce that he has referred 117 individuals to the Ohio Attorney General for possible voter fraud in the 2020 election. The individuals in question appear to be legally present, non-citizens who either registered to vote in Ohio or cast a ballot in the election, which are both felonies under Ohio law.
Voter fraud is exceedingly rare in Ohio, in no small part due to the fact that when it does occur, Ohio's election laws are strictly enforced and those who commit fraud are brought to justice.
Ohioans have confidence in both the fairness of the election process and election night results because the system has achieved the appropriate balance of making voting convenient and accessible, while ensuring that voter fraud is rare and those who commit it are punished appropriately. This critical balance has made Ohio a national model in election administration, and allowed for Ohio's most successful election in state history in 2020.
Raising Awareness of Ohio's Safe at Home Program
The Secretary continues to visit with YWCAs and women's shelters across the state to promote Ohio's Safe at Home program, which protects the home address of survivors of domestic abuse from those who mean them harm.
On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose met with the leadership team of the YWCA of Northwest Ohio to learn more about their mission and to ask for their help in promoting Safe at Home. By shielding the survivors' private information from publicly accessible databases, Safe at Home is helping to ensure that no Ohioan will have to choose between their right to vote and their personal safety.
Ohio Secretary of State program helps domestic violence victims keep information private
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose used a stop in Toledo on Tuesday to remind voters of a program that helps domestic abuse victims keep their street addresses private in their public voter registration records.
“You talked about the long path to recovery and getting your life back together,” Mr. LaRose said at the YWCA of Northwest Ohio, which operates a domestic violence shelter and offers comprehensive related services. “My hope is just one small part of a survivor’s journey is to be empowered once again to be a voter.”
Promoting Ohio's Entrepreneurs and Innovators
Secretary LaRose believes that entrepreneurship is a crucial component to improving our economy, lifting Ohio's communities, and creating wealth and prosperity for Ohio families. Ohio has a proud history of risk-takers and innovators who continue to create the new business ventures that employ our friends, neighbors, and families.
Despite the economic uncertainties brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, Ohio continues to shatter records in new business filings in 2021, and the Secretary has been traveling the state to discuss what’s working and the challenges facing Ohio’s economy with the business leaders and economic developers who work day in and day out to keep Ohio's economy moving forward.
This week, the Secretary met with the Logan County Chamber of Commerce, the Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at Lourdes University, and the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Logan County Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Ohio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
The two fundamental responsibilities of the Ohio Secretary of State are helping Ohioans vote and helping them create businesses. On Tuesday in Toledo, the Secretary met Ana, a new U.S. citizen from Venezuela, where the Venezuelan people enjoy neither free elections nor free enterprise under that country's oppressive communist government. Ana described her deep appreciation for her newfound freedoms in the U.S., and later that day, discovered how easy it is to register to vote in Ohio at the Lucas County Board of Elections.
Showcasing Ohio's Election Accuracy and Security
On Wednesday, Secretary LaRose visited the Franklin County Board of Elections Early Vote Center to highlight election security and the incredible work being done by the bipartisan team of professionals who continue to make Ohio's elections so successful. The Secretary observed Franklin County's election officials execute a logic and accuracy test, which is performed on each voting machine before every election -- a rigorous testing protocol that resulted in a 99.98% accuracy rate in the 2020 election.
At the conclusion of his visit, the Secretary, alongside his daughter and future voter Ellie, cast his early vote in the Special Congressional Primary Election for Ohio's 15th Congressional District.
Logic and accuracy testing
Secretary LaRose votes in the Special Congressional Primary Election
Important Election Dates & Reminders:
- July 7th - August 2nd - Early voting is open
- 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.
Secretary LaRose visited with the board and staff of the Fairfield County Board of Election in Lancaster and toured the facility. Early voting continues for Ohio's 11th and 15th Congressional District primaries and for a handful of communities across the state deciding on local issues.