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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending December 17, 2021

Tie Votes Prove Every Vote Matters

Upon the completion of the official canvassing of election results across Ohio from the November 2nd General Election, eighteen races resulted in tied votes that had to be determined by coin flip or by some similar method. In all, following the official canvass, twelve candidate races and six local issue races ended in ties.

“In November, eighteen different local races in eighteen different counties ended in a tie, and any single, solitary voter would have made the difference in the outcome,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Every Ohioan has the uniquely American ability to impact how we are all governed, and I encourage each eligible Ohioan to register to vote and participate in every election. These election results are proof positive that your vote matters.”


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Post-Election Audits Continue

After every election, county boards of elections are required to conduct a comprehensive audit of the results of the election – comparing the electronic tabulation to the hard copy paper record.

On Monday, Secretary LaRose visited the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections as the county conducted their post-election audit of the November 2nd General Election. Cleveland media observed the election audit as the board demonstrated the thoroughly bipartisan and professionally administered process that goes into ensuring election results are accurate. The Cuyahoga County Board audit resulted in a 100% accuracy rate.


Click here to watch more about the visit from News 5 Cleveland’s John Kosich.

Entrepreneurship Continues to Thrive in Ohio

Following last month’s announcement that Ohio officially surpassed the all-time-record for yearly new business filings in the state of Ohio, on Thursday, Secretary LaRose announced another strong month of entrepreneurship for the month of November, during which 13,754 new businesses were filed.

“Ohio entrepreneurs aren’t slowing down,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “Through midnight on December 31, a record is being broken every time a new business is created in Ohio. As we prepare for the end-of-year surge in new filings, our business services team will continue what they’ve been doing – providing Ohio entrepreneurs with the quality service they’ve come to expect.”


  • 13,754 new businesses were created in Ohio in November 2021
  • 184,494 new businesses have been created in the first 11 months of 2021
  • New business filings in November of this year show a 13% increase over November 2020 filings (12,181)
  • New business filings in 2020 totaled 171,073, beating 2019’s previous record of 130,621
  • Ohio entrepreneurs can visit to discover the helpful opportunities
  • available to them that can help them start and grow their business

Each month, Secretary LaRose takes an opportunity to spotlight a sampling of these entrepreneurship success stories through his Ohio Business Spotlight initiative – and, fittingly, in December he is shining a light on toy stores and manufacturers. This week, the Secretary stopped by two businesses in the Spotlight, Toyrifix in Smithville (Wayne County) and Simplay3 in Streetsboro (Portage County), to learn more about their stories, find more ways Ohio can help local businesses thrive and present them with a proclamation from his office honoring their contributions to Ohio’s economy.

The Daily Record: Despite pandemic and supply bottlenecks, independent toy store is prepared for Christmas


Record-Courier: Photos: Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose Visits Simplay3 in Streetsboro


Additional Meetings

Secretary LaRose visited Hebrew Academy in Cleveland Heights this week to tour the school and talk to students about civic engagement, entrepreneurship, voting and his role as Secretary of State for Ohio. The Secretary is a strong advocate for civic engagement and encouraging the next generation to become excited about becoming a voter. Read more about his visit here.



The Secretary of State’s office partners with the Ohio Army and Air National Guard on various programs to equip Ohio Soldiers and Airmen with the resources they need to become voters and explore entrepreneurship. One of these partners, the 180th Fighter Wing of the Ohio Air National Guard in Northwest Ohio, found success with our office by providing resource nights through their Family Readiness Center. This week, the Secretary visited the 180th to discuss their partnership, tour the base, learn about the unit, and even see their F16 fighter jets take flight.



Wednesday, the Secretary met with members of the Lorain County lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. There, he discussed “Shielding Our Protectors”, an address confidentiality program for the brave public safety professionals who protect our state.


While in Northeast Ohio this week, Secretary LaRose met with Asian Service In Action Inc., a group empowering and advocating for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the region. Elaine Tso, CEO of the group, is also an active member of the Secretary’s Diversity and Empowerment Council which helps to facilitate greater collaboration and information sharing with the many diverse communities across Ohio.


In Case You Missed It


The Highland County Press: LaRose issues statement on passage of House legislation eliminating August special elections

On Thursday, the Ohio House of Representatives approved HB 458, legislation to eliminate August special elections. The bill now moves to the Senate for its consideration.

August special elections impose an unnecessary financial and administrative burden on Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, and because of the historically low voter turnout in August elections, they produce skewed election results that often do not reflect the will of the people.

Read more here.

This week, Secretary LaRose joined several local radio stations, including 700WLW, 1370WSPD and WTAM 1100 to discuss election integrity, post-election audits, and his opposition to New York City’s reckless decision to grant nearly 800,000 noncitizens the right to vote.


700 WLW: Bill Cunningham Show


WTAM 1100AM: Cleveland's Morning News with Wills and Snyder

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