Late Wednesday night, the Ohio Redistricting Commission approved the Ohio House and Senate legislative district maps for the next four years. Unfortunately, not all of the commission members shared in the Secretary’s commitment to work collaboratively and in a bi-partisan manner – consistent with the Ohio Constitutional amendments approved by the voters in 2015 and 2018 – to achieve the preferred ten-year map.
The Secretary shared his frustrations with both the outcome and the process in his closing remarks: “I’m no stranger to trying valiantly for a worthwhile cause, but I don’t like to fail. I’m no stranger to trying hard and spending myself for a mission that matters. My mission has been clear: bipartisan compromise that yields a ten-year map. I believed all along that it was possible. I even told a couple of you that our state motto is ‘With God all things are possible.’ That was my guiding north arrow over the past couple of weeks, but we have fallen short. Not enough members of this commission wanted to come along in this effort.”
When it comes to the legislature passing a congressional district map, top lawmakers have already said the Redistricting Commission will likely miss the congressional redistricting deadline on September 30th. In an effort to avoid repeating the mistakes made in the state legislative redistricting process, Secretary LaRose has stated he will ensure new rules are instituted which will require greater participation and information sharing among the commission members.
Clevelanders and Toledoans Made Their Voices Heard
On Tuesday, the cities of Cleveland and Toledo held their Municipal Primary Elections, with thousands of Ohioans voting early, by absentee ballot, or by going to the polls on Election Day.
Congratulations to the hardworking teams of bipartisan election officials at the Cuyahoga and Lucas County Boards of Elections for another successful election!
We Make It Easy for Every Ohioan to Vote
This National Disability Voters Registration Week, the Secretary highlighted how his office works with each of our 88 county boards of elections to ensure important ADA upgrades are made so all voters have a seamless and accessible experience!
A Great Man Passed, But His Legend Will Never Die
From his decorated service in WWII storming the beaches on D-Day and liberating concentration camps, to his time mentoring hundreds of Boy Scouts like Secretary LaRose, Col. Bill Miller led an inspiring life. His legacy will live forever. Read his obituary here.
Important Election Dates & Reminders:
- September 17: Voting for military and overseas Ohioans begins for the November 2 general election
- October 4: Deadline for voter registration for the November 2 general election
- October 5: Early voting starts
- November 2: Election Day
Secretary LaRose shared his office’s successes and priorities at the Impact Ohio Conference in Toledo. Attended by business, political, and community leaders, Impact Ohio meetings explore elections, the outcomes of the political process, and policy choices facing Ohio and its communities. The forum is a rare and refreshing display of bipartisanship and collegiality, and the Secretary attends them whenever his schedule allows for him to do so.
Secretary LaRose visited and toured the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) program at Lorain County Community College to learn more about their remarkable program. He then held a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and business owners about the successes and challenges they have faced in creating and growing their enterprises.
reLink Medical, a successful business located in Twinsburg, resells medical equipment, and during the pandemic, the company received national attention for its creativity and innovation. The Secretary visited reLink to learn about the company’s operations and its unique projects, including its partnership with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, its humanitarian efforts in Haiti, and its generous philanthropy both in Northeast Ohio and around the globe.