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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 6, 2021

"The Gold Standard for Holding Elections"

On Tuesday, the nation watched as Ohio ran another secure, accessible, and successful election. After four weeks of early voting, including Saturday and Sunday early in person voting, more than 146,000 Ohioans (and counting) cast a ballot in Ohio's 11th and 15th Congressional districts.

Dedicated election officials from Ohio's bipartisan boards of elections worked hard to encourage voter registration, participation, confidence, and accessibility. They showed once again how elections should be efficiently and professionally run at the state level.

After a stop at the Union County Board of Elections, the Secretary spoke with journalist Tom Stevens, who wrote “Ohio: The Gold Standard for Holding Elections.”

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The Nation Has Its Eyes on How Ohio Runs Elections

With the recent push in DC for HR 1 --the federal takeover of state run elections --Ohio’s special primary election was not only in the media spotlight but was also the focus of the Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration. Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) established the Faith in Elections Project, intended to restore voter confidence in our local, state and federal elections, and to share election administration best practices with his colleagues in Congress.

Joined by Ohio Congressmen Jim Jordan and Dave Joyce, the Secretary was proud to show Congressman Davis how we run secure and accessible elections in Ohio.

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Secretary LaRose also promoted Election Day on numerous radio and TV news stations in the two media markets on Tuesday morning, reminding Ohioans who live in the 11th and 15th Congressional Districts to exercise their right to make their voices heard.

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Secure Voting is Ablaze in Auglaize

On Thursday, the Secretary enjoyed the festivities, attractions, and food at the Auglaize County Fair. From participating in the mock election hosted by the Auglaize County Board of Elections to educate voters on the security of our elections, to speaking at the special veterans celebration ceremony, Secretary LaRose was honored to be welcomed so warmly and meet new and old friends in Auglaize County. To the many veterans in attendance at the ceremony, the Secretary expressed our collective gratitude for their courageous and selfless service to our great nation.

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Celebrating Ohio Women and the Right to Vote!

Last Sunday brought the return of the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony sponsored by the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC). The event was not all pomp and circumstance, as outside the Ohio Statehouse the “WSCC Family Day Festival” was held, and featured live music, food trucks, bounce houses, stilt walkers, and activity partners such as the Ohio History Connection, State Library of Ohio and COSI.

Watch the ceremony below:

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Important Election Dates & Reminders:

  • 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.

In Case You Missed It:

The Secretary visited with business and community leaders along with members of the Darke County Chamber to discuss entrepreneurship and business creation in Ohio and secure and accessible elections.

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The Mercer County Farm Bureau Roundtable hosted the Secretary in Celina, discussing how the hard-working farmers of Ohio are the foundation of many community economies throughout the state.

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As one of three executive members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission, Secretary LaRose swore in Governor DeWine to convene the first meeting.

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