Ohio Again in the National Spotlight
Once again, Ohio’s hard work and ingenuity reached national recognition. The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) awarded Secretary LaRose the 2021 “Innovators Award” for Ohio's Precinct Election Official Recruitment Program during the 2020 election. Like most states, Ohio faced a potential scarcity in poll workers leading up to the November 2020 election, as Ohioans were instructed to avoid crowds and were reticent to participate in widely-attended functions. Through creative partnerships with the legal community, professional groups, and an array of Ohio businesses, Secretary LaRose developed a series of initiatives to recruit a new generation of poll workers. As a result of his efforts, Ohio recruited a record 56,000 poll workers who helped administer the most successful election in state history.
Ohio Business Owners Making a Difference Through Grit
After a Facebook interaction between Secretary LaRose and Tanya Foose, a Northeast Ohio business owner, in which they discussed the grit it takes to start and grow a business, the Secretary stopped by her business, GradePower Learning, to learn more about her experience. Tanya shared her story and advice she has for young entrepreneurs. Tanya is a prime example of the community-oriented nature of Ohio entrepreneurship. In addition to her work at GradePower Learning, she teaches and mentors other aspiring entrepreneurs at the Ohio Business College in Sheffield Village. Secretary LaRose’s visit to GradePower also included meeting several Young Marines volunteering there, registering one of them as a new voter, and reading Dr. Seuss’s One Vote, Two Vote, I Vote, You Vote to GradePower students
Spotlighting Ohio's Agricultural Businesses
Ohioans have long made their living off the land. Over time, it became our state’s number one industry. This month, Secretary LaRose is shining a spotlight on the agricultural businesses whose grit and work ethic help feed the world and contribute more than $124 billion to the state's economy
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LaRose: Ohio's 2020 election secure
CELINA - Ohio in 2020 held the most successful election in state history, Secretary of State Frank LaRose told a small group of Mercer County agriculture and Farm Bureau officials Thursday afternoon.
"Last year's election by any metric you can look at was the highest turnout we've ever had," he said during a stop in Celina on his way to the Auglaize County Fair in Wapakoneta.
LaRose, a Republican, also assured those gathered at the Central Services Building that electors had multiple ways and ample time to vote in a secure election, saying he wants to empower Ohioans to combat election disinformation and "nonsense on the internet" with facts.
"Here in Ohio it's easy to vote and it's hard to cheat and that's the bottom line," LaRose said, noting the state removes dead people from voter rolls, requires signature verification and fights back against activist-initiated lawsuits that pop up at the last minute.
Important Election Dates & Reminders:
- August 16: Voter Registration Deadline for the Toledo and Cleveland Mayoral Primary Election
- August 17: Early Voting Begins for the Toledo and Cleveland Mayoral Primary Election
- This week, Secretary LaRose met with Ohio business leaders from the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce in Independence to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and thank them for their efforts to spur economic development in their region. In addition to discussing the array of services available to new businesses in Ohio, the Secretary highlighted his office’s efforts to help businesses guard against identity theft and applauded the business community’s assistance in overcoming the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic in the 2020 election. Among other things, Ohio businesses allowed workers to take a day off to serve as poll workers and donated PPE and hand sanitizers to keep voters and precinct officials safe on Election Day.
- As a proud Italian American, Secretary LaRose stopped by the Feast of The Assumption in Cleveland’s Little Italy. He visited the new Italian American of Cleveland – a recently opened museum celebrating the history and culture of Northeast Ohio Italian Americans --and delivered a proclamation congratulating them for their grand opening. The Secretary also met with Father Joseph Previte of Holy Rosary Church-- the leader behind this revered local tradition, met with local business owners at Corbo’s Bakery, and visited the new statue honoring the incredible career of Cleveland Indians legend Rocky “The Rock” Colavito.
- Secretary LaRose met with Bishop Omar Medina, a faith leader who presides over several congregations in the Latino communities. They discussed ways they can partner to help promote entrepreneurship and voter participation.