Post-Election Audits in Full Swing
Just a few short weeks after the November election, each county performs a post-election audit in which the bipartisan professionals at our 88 county boards of elections reconcile the electronic voting tabulation to the hard copy paper record. The post-election audit of the 2020 general election proved a 99.98% accuracy rate in Ohio, which further reaffirms confidence in the security of how our elections are run. Many of these audits are currently underway across the state, and all should be completed by mid-December. On Tuesday, the Secretary invited Cincinnati media to join him at the Hamilton County Board of Elections as it performed its audit. He was there to highlight this important election procedure and to explain how the process works. The Hamilton County Board audit resulted in a 100% accuracy rate.
Some elections were close enough to trigger recounts, and the Secretary jumped at this opportunity to again emphasize that YOUR VOTE MATTERS. Recounts are happening in Mahoning and Montgomery County, for example, to determine the outcome of elections that will be ultimately decided by just a few votes.
Most Ohioans know their voice matters and their vote is secure. The Secretary was able to speak with 700WLW’s Scott Sloan about how Ohio’s nationally recognized election security upgrades, required by the Secretary back in 2019, continue to prevent any breach into our election systems — including the recent failed attempt in Lake County.
Finally, this week the Secretary certified the 2021 special congressional elections for the 11th and 15th Congressional Districts in his office, putting a bow on yet another remarkably successful Ohio election.
Toyland in Ohio
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, in the spirit of the holidays, released his monthly December Business Spotlight featuring toy stores and manufacturers across the state. The enduring and special childhood holiday memories of the days leading up to Christmas inspired a number of Ohioans to create toy businesses later in life as they embarked upon a career. This time of year, they are helping other families make holiday memories as meaningful and nostalgic as their own. The eight businesses featured in this month’s Ohio Business Spotlight have leveraged the entrepreneurial spirit of their founders and their personal passion for joy and turned it into unique and magical shops for their communities to visit. The Secretary supports shopping local this holiday season and hopes Ohioans can be inspired by these businesses to do the same wherever they are in Ohio, or even follow their own passion and start a business themselves.
Secretary LaRose was honored to join Chabad Columbus for a joyous Hanukkah celebration and lighting of the second Menorah candle this week at the Ohio Statehouse.
The National Association of Black Veterans Chapter #68 in Cincinnati invited the Secretary to discuss his role as Secretary of State and resources the office provides to veterans. The Secretary emphasized the Second Call to Duty initiative encouraging Veterans to serve as poll workers. The discussion then focused on what the Chapter is doing for their community and sharing ideas on how to expand into more chapters throughout the state to help more black Ohio veterans.
The Secretary was excited to visit Shale Crescent USA at its office in Marietta on Friday. Shale Crescent is a nonprofit that helps encourage business growth and economic development along the Ohio River Valley based upon local low natural gas prices that allow manufacturers to operate more efficiently while producing products more economically.