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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending October 15, 2021

Help Wanted

On Wednesday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose alerted the public and the media of Ohio's looming deficit in confirmed poll workers for the November 2nd Election. After shattering records in poll worker recruitment in 2020, Ohio is currently short more than 17,000 commitments less than three weeks before Election Day.

In an effort to help our county boards of elections find the workers they need, the Secretary spoke with Ohio media outlets about the shortfall. In doing so, he reminded audiences that serving as a poll worker fulfills a sense of civic duty and advances our democratic process.

By becoming a poll worker, you are not only providing a critically important and invaluable public service to your community, but you will learn firsthand how Ohio's bipartisan boards of elections work collaboratively and professionally to administer accessible, secure and accurate elections. To learn more or to enlist as a poll worker, visit voteohio.gov/defenddemocracy.

Read the Secretary's full press release here, or by clicking on the image below.

poll worker press release

Watch Secretary LaRose's interview with WCMH NBC 4's Kristine Varkony below.

Link to nbc4i interview

Celebrating Nelsonville's Remarkable Achievement

Last month, the City of Nelsonville was dealt a blow from the U.S. Census Bureau when it informed them that its population had dropped below the 5,000 threshold necessary to be considered a city; instead, Nelsonville was slated to be legally changed to a village, jeopardizing significant public dollars and potential grant funding for its community and residents.

Congratulations to Nelsonville City Auditor Taylor Sappington who intuitively suspected the Census Bureau's tabulation was wrong, and quickly convened a team of volunteers to canvass the city, going door-to-door to Nelsonville households to determine the accurate population totals. His suspicions were validated, as Nelsonville was certified by Secretary LaRose on Tuesday to have 5,373 residents, thereby retaining its city status under Ohio law.

It is an incredible story of one of Ohio's communities quickly banding together to right a wrong, successfully challenge an enormous federal bureaucracy, and protect the best interests of its residents.

WSYX ABC 6 was at the Secretary of State's office on Tuesday to cover the Secretary presenting city officials with a proclamation returning Nelsonville to its proper city status. You can watch that story here or by clicking on the image below.

Link to Nelsonville city news story

Honoring Italian American Heritage

On Saturday, the Secretary celebrated Italian American heritage at the Columbus Italian Festival, and on Columbus Day, he travelled to Cleveland to join in on the festivities in Little Italy. In Columbus, the Secretary joined the Carfagna family to help grill the sausages and peppers for festival attendees. In August, Secretary LaRose presented the Carfagnas with an official proclamation in celebration of the grand opening of the new Carfagna’s Ristorante and Marketplace on the north end of Columbus.

LaRose and wife at Columbus Italian Festival

LaRose cooking on the grill at the Columbus Italian Festival

The Secretary is a proud descendent of Italian immigrants, and Cleveland is steeped in rich Italian history. Last month, the Secretary toured the newly-opened Italian American Museum of Cleveland, also in Little Italy, which through exhibits, artifacts, and historical photos, shares the profound impact Italian Americans had in building Cleveland into the incredible city it is today.

To learn more about the Italian American Museum of Cleveland, click here or on the image below.

Link to Italian American Museum website

Promoting Economic Empowerment for Military Spouses 

On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose joined Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus to announce that Ohio has been designated a Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Hiring Our Heroes” program. Spousal employment for military members is often hindered by frequent relocations for U.S. Service Members and their families and is often exacerbated by conflicting occupational licensing requirements among the states.

The Hiring Our Heroes program focuses on connecting veterans, those transitioning out of military service, and military spouses with employment opportunities, creating a win-win for our military families and Ohio employers in need of qualified workers.

Learn more about Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones here.

LaRose speaking at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

LaRose at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Election Reminders

Early voting in ohio continues. This week's voting hours: 10/18 Monday 8am-5pm, 10/19 Tuesday 8am-5pm, 10/20 Wednesday 8am-5pm, 10/21 Thursday 8am-5pm, and 10/22 Friday 8am-5pm

  • Saturday, October 30: Early voting hours 8AM–4PM
  • Sunday, October 31: Early voting hours 1PM–5PM
  • Monday, November 1: Early voting hours 8AM–2PM
  • Tuesday, November 2: Election Day, polls open 6:30AM–7:30PM

Additional Meetings

  • On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose met with Kenny McDonald and the leadership team of the Columbus Partnership. The Partnership has been a driving force in economic growth and rational development in Columbus for decades, helping to create jobs and opportunity for countless central Ohioans. Kenny McDonald will assume the role of President and CEO of the Columbus Partnership beginning in January 2022.

  • On Wednesday, Secretary LaRose joined Ohio Congresswoman Joyce Beatty for an Ohio Small and Agri-Business Information Summit virtual meeting hosted by Central State University, an Historically Black College in Wilberforce. Food and agri-business contributes $124 billion to Ohio's economy, and household named businesses such as Smucker's, Kroger, and Nestle are headquartered in our state, creating jobs for thousands for Ohioans. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Ohioans continue to create new businesses at a astounding pace. To help maintain this momentum, the State of Ohio needs to be a collaborative partner with agri-businesses to connect them with the resources available to help them launch, grow and prosper. 

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For Immediate Release
October 8, 2021
MEDIA CONTACT
Rob Nichols | (330) 760-7582

SECRETARY LAROSE STATEMENT ON THE OHIO REDISTRICTING COMMISSION 

The following statement from Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is pursuant to some members of the Ohio Redistricting Commission calling for another statewide tour instead of working to reach agreement on a 10-year congressional map:

"In August, the Ohio Redistricting Commission listened to more than thirty hours of testimony from Ohio citizens who gave their general perspectives about what they wanted to see in both the General Assembly and congressional district plans following the overwhelming passage of constitutional amendments in 2015 and 2018 to reform the processes.

"Unless and until the co-chairs call a meeting of the Commission to review maps and begin the hard work of negotiating, another road show would once again put the cart before the horse. Public input is the most valuable when we have something substantive for the public to consider. That only happens after coming together as a commission, developing and reviewing maps that meet the requirements of the constitution, and finding compromise.

"After the upcoming holiday weekend, there are just 20 days left for Commissioners to come to an agreement on a bipartisan, ten-year congressional map. The Commission should set a goal of developing maps that can provide the public an honest opportunity to provide substantive input. A big lesson learned from our last experience is that we need every minute we can get to sit down together to consider proposed maps and negotiate in the hope of reaching a bipartisan consensus. This is particularly true as now the Commissioners must also take valuable time away from the task of working on a congressional map to answer questions from the 35 high-priced lawyers from California, New York, and Washington, D.C. who have sued the Commission.

"To try and get a ten-year General Assembly map, I literally worked with some commission members up to the eleventh hour in an effort to find a bipartisan compromise. Unfortunately, the clock ran out. That doesn’t have to happen again. Let’s get to work.

"I now reiterate the request made to the Commission co-chairs on October 4th to call a meeting so we may move forward in an effort to reach a bipartisan compromise on a 10-year congressional map."

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