County Boards are Working Hard
As election officials at boards of elections from around the state work to certify the November 2nd election and prepare for the post-election audits, this week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited both the Jackson County and Washington County boards. The Secretary met with the staff and brought local media to help shine a light on the extraordinary protocols our professional election administrators follow to ensure that our elections are secure, and our results are accurate.
Once the election is certified and signed by the Secretary, the post-election audit process will proceed at EVERY county BOE in the state, as required by the Secretary’s office. Every election in Ohio is audited, and last year’s post-election audit of the 2020 general election showed a 99.98% accuracy rate. Ohioans know our elections are secure, accessible, and accurate.
The November 2nd election served as an important reminder that your voice matters and can serve as the decisive determinant of an election result. This week in Crawford County, a Galion City Council race resulted in a 145-145 tie between the two contenders. To break the tie, the winner was decided by a flip of a coin. They are not alone. Several local elections, including ones in Putnam and Seneca counties, came down to a tie vote or a small enough margin to spark a recount. This is another reason why no one should ever believe “my vote doesn’t matter.”
Read more about this remarkable Galion County election in the Bucyrus Telegraph Forum here.
Mr. Secretary Goes to Washington
While the Secretary continues to share with local leaders and Ohio media the checks and balances and safeguards built into our elections making them accessible and secure, he is equally adamant about sharing our “gold standard in elections” message at the national level. As some in Congress continue to try to resuscitate their politically motivated and repeatedly failed efforts to federalize state election authority, the Secretary shared the virtues and lessons of Ohio’s widely accredited elections administration system with national leaders.
On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose was a special guest speaker at the “Faith in Elections Project” member dinner on election integrity and election administration, where he addressed dozens of House Republican members on the successes of Ohio’s elections. This event comes on the heels of Ranking Member Rodney Davis’ visit to Ohio for the August Special Election as part his national tour to learn about how each state manages elections.
By sharing Ohio’s successes with our elected leaders in Washington, the Secretary is not only introducing best practices to states that have a need to learn from them, but he’s helping to ensure that our Congressional leaders hear how Ohio runs elections right and why the bureaucrats in DC should not be allowed to commandeer the successful, established system that serves Ohioans so well.
Following his remarks to the members of congress, the Secretary shared this message with his fellow Ohioans.
The Secretary was also happy to visit newly-elected US Representative Mike Carey (OH-15) in his new office in Washington DC. Congressman Carey won the Special Congressional Election that occurred after former Congressman Steve Stivers announced he was accepting the position of President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Scouting Southern Ohio
While it is important to inform local and national leaders on how our elections work, Ohio’s small business owners are also interested the security of our elections.
This week the Secretary met with local business leaders, economic development organizations and public officials for business roundtable discussions with the Mason County Chamber, the Scioto County Farm Bureau, the Jackson County Chamber, and at a Washington County Economic Development Roundtable in Marietta.
Additionally, the Secretary had tremendous news to share about the record setting year for business filings in Ohio. With 14,140 new business filings in October, Ohio entrepreneurs are close to breaking the record total for 2020 with two full months remaining to create a business. As always, the Ohio Secretary of State's office stands ready to help these and all new businesses in Ohio with resources provided on the Business Services website.
- Impact Ohio conducts thoughtful, bipartisan and information-packed conferences across the state to explore elections, the outcomes of the political process, and policy choices facing Ohio and its communities. On Friday, the Secretary addressed the attendees at the Southeast Regional Conference in Nelsonville to share his first-hand insights on election and business development issues important to the region.
- As part of the November Business Spotlight on veteran-owned businesses around the state, the Secretary visited Jim’s Gun Shop in Beverly, Ohio to not only learn how the owner’s military experience translated into entrepreneurship, but to learn more about the company’s philanthropic and community service efforts.
- The Secretary was honored to meet with Ohio University ROTC and student veterans during his time in SE Ohio to discuss entrepreneurship and defending democracy by being a poll worker.