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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending April 1, 2022

Primary Election Update

It is now time to get the May 3rd 2022 Ohio Primary Election underway.

The May 3rd Primary Election will begin as early as Saturday, when Ohio's boards of elections begin sending primary ballots to our brave military men and women stationed overseas and to registered Ohio voters working abroad.

Accordingly, Ohioans should be aware of the following timelines and deadlines:

Monday, April 4, 2022

  • Deadline for voter registration for the May 3, 2022 primary election (30 days before primary election). Ohio's county boards of elections will remain open until 9:00 p.m. Voters may also register online at VoteOhio.Gov.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

  • UOCAVA and Non-UOCAVA absentee ballots for the May 3, 2022 Primary Election must be ready for use (29 days before primary election).
  • In-Person absentee voting begins.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

  • Primary Election Day. For voting information and resources, go to VoteOhio.Gov.

Despite the confluence of challenges resulting from a six month delay in census data, partisan infighting, and endless, time-consuming litigation brought on largely by partisan, out-of-state special interest groups, Ohio is well-prepared to move forward on the May 3 primary. Ohio's 88 county bipartisan boards of election professionals have quickly and repeatedly pivoted to comply with the numerous changes thrown their way. They have proven their mettle throughout the fluidity of the redistricting process, but it should come as no surprise -- these are the same election professionals who executed on the most successful election in Ohio history during the 2020 election.

Combatting Cybersecurity Threats

Cyberthreats are on the rise worldwide. Here in the U.S., there was a 98% increase in ransomware attacks nationwide. Thursday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose joined a panel discussion hosted by the Ohio Innovation & Technology Association during their Cybersecurity Summit. During the discussion, Secretary LaRose highlighted the steps Ohio has taken in the last three years to fortify the election infrastructure from cyber attacks -- security measures that earned national recognition. In 2019, the Secretary issued a sweeping security directive for all 88 county boards of elections to implement significant security upgrades, require intrusion detection software, participate in cybersecurity training, and more. In addition, last year he implemented a first-in-the-nation Vulnerability Disclosure Policy, further cementing Ohio's status as the national leader in election integrity and security.

Secretary LaRose also discussed the need for Ohio businesses to boost their cybersecurity defenses. Cyberattacks should be on the minds of every business owner. Forty three percent of cyberattacks target small and medium-sized businesses and the cost of cybercrime is estimated to reach $10.5 trillion by 2025.

Watch the Secretary's full remarks.

Ohio Business Spotlight Recognizes Ohio's Wedding Industry

Every year from April through October, a diverse array of Ohio businesses is busy every weekend fueling the wedding season. The eight successful entrepreneurs highlighted this month have dedicated their work to helping create and capture lifelong memories for Ohio couples on their wedding date. As many of us know, a tremendous amount of deliberation, preparation, and logistics go into the wedding planning process, and Ohio is fortunate that countless and successful wedding-related businesses call our state home. Wedding planners, florists, event venues, caterers, videographers, bakeries, wedding dress retail stores, and jewelers are all relied upon heavily to turn the excited couple’s wedding dreams into a reality.

“The businesses and vendors the wedding couple hires to make their wedding day memorable make all the difference on the big day, and Ohio is home to countless creative wedding businesses to help fulfill their dreams,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “The successful entrepreneurs we’re honoring in the month of April help make every ceremony performed in Ohio a destination wedding.”

Learn more about these wedding businesses and Secretary's Ohio Business Spotlight initiative.

On Tuesday, Secretary LaRose stopped by one of these extraordinary businesses, Sweet Potato Catering. A local favorite in Erie County, Sweet Potato Catering’s owner, Katie, adapted to the hardships of the pandemic by offering pop-up wedding options. Her grit and creativity even earned her the Pivot of the Year Award from the Erie County Economic Development Corporation. Secretary LaRose met with Katie to tour her business and learn more about her entrepreneurial success.

Ohio Eagle Scout Report to the State

As a proud Eagle Scout and strong advocate of the scouting program, Secretary LaRose hosted a group of Eagle Scouts from around the state at the Ohio Statehouse on Wednesday. There, the scouts delivered their Report to the State to Lt. Governor Jon Husted and House Speaker Bob Cupp, detailing the status of scouting in the state. During the visit they had the opportunity to discuss their Eagle Scout projects, tour the Ohio Statehouse, and meet with their respective representatives. In gratitude for their sense of service and civic duty, the House recognized them during a session of the Ohio House of Representatives.

In Case You Missed It

Secretary LaRose joined 610 WTVN host Brandon Boxer in-studio on Tuesday to discuss redistricting and Ohio's May 3rd Primary Election.

Listen to the podcast.

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