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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 23, 2021

Three Weeks of Early Voting Down, One to Go

The Secretary visited the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Early Voting Center to help promote voters making their voices heard in the Special Congressional Primary Election for Ohio’s 11th Congressional District. Next week is the last full week of early voting, followed by Saturday AND Sunday early voting. Ohio makes voting easy and secure and is one of the few states with Sunday early voting. After the last day of early voting on Monday, August 2nd, Tuesday brings Election Day with polling places open from 6:30am to 7:30pm.

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Read about the Secretary’s visit here.

Time to Get Outside!

This month the Secretary’s office highlighted outdoor recreation businesses in the Ohio Business Spotlight. As Ohioans yearn for adventure after a year spent at home, now is the perfect time to get outside and fish, hike, camp, bike, and even ride in a hot air balloon!

Read about the spotlighted businesses and plan your next adventure today!

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To These Things You Must Return

As a Boy Scout, the Secretary spent many memorable days exploring the ravines and forests of Camp Manatoc and nights camping in this truly special place. He was honored to return to meet with the current Scouts, participate in the retreat flag lowering ceremony, lead the Vespers prayer service, and instruct Ohio’s future leaders on citizenship.

The words that generations of scouts have seen on the back of the main gate when leaving camp are “To these things you must return.” For Secretary LaRose these words have always held a dual meaning; return to the Manatoc Scout Reservation often for more fun and learning but also the deeper meaning that it’s important to continually return to the values and leadership skills learned through the scouting experience. As an Eagle Scout and Council Board Member, LaRose returns to camp every summer to teach scouts about the rights and responsibilities of being a citizen, a requirement for them to earn the First Class Scout rank.

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Survivors of Abuse Can Be Safe in Ohio

With the Ohio Domestic Violence Network reporting that domestic violence cases are up this past year, the Secretary is visiting multiple women’s shelters to get the word out about the Safe at Home program. Under Safe at Home, survivors of domestic abuse can shield their address from public documents and safely exercise their right to vote. Learn more about Ohio’s Safe at Home program at SafeAtHomeOhio.gov.

Staff at the YWCA Greater Cleveland and the JJ Safehouse in Archbold in Fulton County in Northwest Ohio were given promotional materials to share with visitors and add to the more than 1400 Ohioans who already utilize this program as part of their safety plan.

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Ohioans Continue New Business Creation

Ohioans continue to create new businesses at an impressive pace, reaching 17,387 in June 2021. In just the first six months of 2021, Ohio has surpassed 111,000 new business filings. By comparison, five years ago in 2016, it took an entire year for Ohioans to create 105,009 new businesses.

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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.

Additional Meetings:

The Secretary joined both the Greater Cleveland Congregations and the United Pastors in Mission to discuss minority voter and entrepreneur outreach, as well as ways they can continue to partner in increasing voter participation in the special congressional election coming up on August 3rd and beyond.

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