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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending October 22, 2021

Ohioans Respond to the Need for More Poll Workers

Last week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued a call to patriotic Ohioans asking them to help address a shortage in the number of poll workers needed for the November 2nd election. Since then, more than 7,000 Ohioans have signed up to serve, and the state jumped from 58% of its total goal to 75% in just a week. As of Monday, October 18, only 10,000 more poll workers are needed to meet the goal. To learn more about what serving as a poll worker entails or to sign up, visit VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy, or contact your county board of elections.

News Channel 5’s John Kosich spoke to the Secretary about the state's poll worker recruitment progress and how you can help.

Watch the WEWS piece here or by clicking on the image below.

News Channel 5’s Interview

Third Federal Elections Takeover Bill Fails Test in US Senate

On Wednesday, the United States Senate fell well short of the 60 votes needed to advance S. 2747. This partisan legislation represents the latest effort to circumvent the states' constitutional roll in running elections and centralize authority in Washington. Over the years, Ohio's bipartisan elections administration has become the gold standard nationally and has demonstrated that elections can be both accessible and secure. Repeated federal attempts to nationalize elections remain a concern, and while Wednesday’s victory is encouraging, it is expected the bill will reemerge again in another form.

Read the Secretary’s statement on the defeat of S. 2747 below or by clicking here.

LaRose Statement

Early Voting Continues with Expanded Hours followed by Weekend Voting

Election Day is just around the corner! This week, Secretary LaRose launched a new Public Service Announcement reminding voters of the multiple secure and convenient options that exist for casting a ballot. In Ohio, voters can choose from early in-person voting, absentee voting, and in-person voting on Election Day, November 2nd. No matter which option they choose Ohioans can be confident that their vote will be secure and their voice heard. Let’s vote Ohio!

Public Service Announcement video

Dayton Shines

On Friday, Secretary LaRose traveled to Dayton to join the Dayton Hispanic Chamber to learn more area businesses, entrepreneurship and economic development opportunities in Ohio for the Latino community.

The office also released a video, “Como iniciar un negocio en Ohio” (How to Start a Business in Ohio), to share the array of services and resources available to Hispanic entrepreneurs and business leaders to help ensure that every community in Ohio has the tools it needs to share in Ohio’s economic success.

Secretary LaRose visiting the Dayton Hispanic Chamber

Earlier in the day, the Secretary addressed Miami Valley business and community leaders at the 2021 Impact Ohio Dayton Regional Conference. These meetings bring government officials, business leaders, and community members together at events across the state to discuss issues important to their regions in a civil and bipartisan manner.

Secretary addressing the 2021 Impact Ohio Dayton Regional Conference

On Wednesday, the Secretary was excited to attend the Circleville Pumpkin Show and support a local tradition that has grown into a time-honored institution. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is the largest annual festival in the state, and over the course of four days, it attracts more than 400,000 visitors. To learn more about the Pumpkin Show, click here.

Watch the Secretary's message from the show here and read the news article on his visit here.

LaRose attending the Circleville Pumpkin Show

New Business Filings Continue to Soar

Ohio’s record-setting year of new business filings continued in September, as the Ohio Secretary of State’s Business Services Division reported 14,543 new business formations for the month. Through the first nine months of 2021, 156,600 new businesses have formed in Ohio – despite the economic headwinds stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full release here.

Election Reminders

Last week of early voting in Ohio. This week's voting hours: 10/25 Monday 8am-7pm, 10/26 Tuesday 8am-7pm, 10/27 Wednesday 8am-7pm, 10/28 Thursday 8am-7pm, and 10/29 Friday 8am-7pm

  • 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 Friday, Secretary LaRose attended a meeting of the Preble County Council on Aging to discuss voting options for Ohio senior citizens, answer questions about voting, and thank them for being the tip of the spear of our democratic process. Older Ohioans are among our most committed, loyal voters and faithful precinct election officials. As the Secretary continues to travel the state and meet with Ohio’s bipartisan boards of elections, he routinely meets Ohio seniors who have volunteered their time and expertise as a poll worker on Election Day, and in some instances, in consecutive elections over the course of decades. Their service and devotion is an under-appreciated but key component to Ohio’s successful elections.

  • Secretary LaRose grew up working on a small family farm in Summit County and understands the work ethic and challenges farmers face. On Monday, he met with the Trumbull County Farm Bureau at a roundtable in Cortland to explore ways in which the state can better collaborate with farmers to ensure their operations are successful.

In Case You Missed It

More than a dozen news outlets and editorial boards covered the need for poll workers for this coming election. Check your local paper for their coverage!

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