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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending April 29, 2022

Election Day is Tuesday, May 3rd

As voters entered their fourth week of early voting, taking advantage of evening and weekend hours, the 88 county boards of elections are finishing their preparations for Election Day. Here is what you need to know:

Early voting continues this weekend and Monday:

  • Saturday, April 30th – 8am-4pm
  • Sunday, May 1st – 1pm-5pm
  • Monday, May 2nd – 8am-2pm

Election Day:

• Polls are open on Tuesday from 6:30am-7:30pm
• Voters can find their polling location at VoteOhio.gov.

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Early Voting Update

With less than one week to go before Ohio's May 3rd Primary Election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced Tuesday that 182,496 absentee ballots have been requested by-mail or in-person and that 100,809 votes have been cast statewide.

Data were collected by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office from Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. Data as of the end of early voting on April 22, 2022 are the following:

Ballots requested Democratic 87,693 Republican 91,365 Non-Partisan 3,438 Ballots cast early in person Democratic 19,789 Republican 25,099 Non-Partisan 754 Total ballots returned and submitted for counting Democratic 47,558 Republican 51,332 Non-Partisan 1,919

"As I've visited county boards of elections this month during early voting and spoken with voters, what I've seen firsthand are the high standards of accessibility and security which make our state a national model," said LaRose. "From Joe and Susan in Knox County who came out of their board of elections wearing their "I Voted" stickers, to my fellow military members casting their ballots from around the world, to those Ohioans who make their voices heard each year on Election Day, Ohio election officials deliver integrity to our elections and customer service to voters with each ballot cast.”

Secretary LaRose crossed the state throughout early voting, meeting with various community leaders and business groups to arm them with accurate information about the election so they can be ambassadors within their communities and share information on participating in Tuesday’s primary. This week, the Secretary met with business leaders from the Preble County Chamber of Commerce and members of the Union Building Trade Council of Steubenville, asking them to encourage their workers, members, families, and neighbors to vote on Tuesday. Secretary LaRose also talked with over a dozen television and radio stations throughout Ohio to make sure voters are informed about Election Day.

Secretary LaRose meets with the local community and business leaders with the Preble County Chamber of Commerce.

Secretary LaRose meets with leaders from the Union Building Trade Council of Steubenville.


Poll Worker Recruitment Update

Secretary LaRose announced this week that Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker shows Ohio gained more than a thousand poll workers in the past week, and as of Monday, 34,069 Ohioans have signed up to serve as a poll worker in the May 3rd primary election. The minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 30,295. Also as of Monday, sixty-nine counties have met the minimum number of poll workers needed.

In order to ensure a sufficient number of poll workers is available in case of an emergency, Secretary LaRose has set a goal of 34,846 poll workers statewide, or 115% of the minimum. Currently, twenty-nine counties have met their goal numbers:

“Running an election is complex, labor-intensive, and requires the dedicated hard work of tens of thousands of Ohioans to successfully administer secure and accurate results,” said Secretary LaRose. “While we continue to make steady progress toward our goal of recruiting poll workers, there are a number of counties that are still in need of help. Ohio is considered the gold standard for how we run our elections, and our patriotic poll workers are an essential ingredient to our success. I encourage every Ohioan to consider joining our team at their bipartisan county board of elections on Tuesday to deliver yet another accessible, secure election for our fellow citizens.”

Ohioans looking to serve as a poll worker may sign up at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy. Poll workers are financially compensated for their time on Election Day.

Sign up to be a poll worker at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy

One remarkable poll worker from Preble County is a beloved, familiar face: Bonnie Cole. Bonnie started working as an Election Day poll worker at age 23, after she was recruited by her mother. That sparked her passion for serving her community and state — a passion for service that has remained intact for a 63 consecutive years. While on a visit this week to the Preble County Board of Elections, Secretary LaRose met with Bonnie to hear her incredible story and thank her for her continued service.

“A good reminder that election workers are your neighbors,” said LaRose. “They’re looking out for you and the integrity of your vote. Thank you, for sixty-three amazing years, as a poll worker, Bonnie!”

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Watch more about her story from WDTN Dayton.


Transportation Symposium

Monday, Secretary LaRose, a former Chairman of the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee, spoke at the Ohio Department of Transportation’s 5th Annual Civil Rights Transportation Symposium. This event focused on the future of transportation in the state and Ohio’s commitment to diversity and inclusion when conducting business. The Secretary highlighted the recent advancements in Minority Business Enterprise certification requirements and the opportunities transportation projects create for local and underrepresented businesses throughout the state.


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WDTN

WTDN Dayton: Boards of elections recruiting younger poll workers

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – While the predominant number of poll workers are older, things are changing in Ohio.

“In 2020, we had over 56,000 new poll workers signed up and lot of them were younger Ohioans, high school students even,” Secretary of State Frank LaRose said.

In Preble County, Board of Elections Director Lisa Bogs is also noticing that trend.

“In the 2020 presidential, we were very fortunate to have a number of college students because of the COVID shutdowns for school, but they’re back at school. But we are seeing a number of people in their 30s and 40s contact us to say I would be interested in serving,” Secretary LaRose said.

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WTOV9

WTOV: Ohio elections leader says voting in Buckeye State as easy as ever

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It's looking like the state of Ohio will conduct a second primary election in early August following redistricting issues.

Local legislators are concerned about voter turnout, but Secretary of State Frank LaRose said there's plenty of ways for people to cast a ballot.

“One thing all elections officials focus on, Republican and Democrat, is making sure we can have a good turnout,” LaRose said. “We know elections work best when more voices can be heard.”

Right now, it's looking like a second primary election will be held in Ohio on Aug. 2. That ballot would include races like state house and senate seats.

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The Daily Record

The Daily Record: LaRose touts state's record on elections and small business growth

MILLERSBURG — Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose paid a visit to Holmes County on Wednesday to meet with the staff at the Holmes County Board of Elections and a small group discussion about the growth of small businesses throughout the state with Chamber of Commerce board members.

LaRose punned he never gets "bored of elections," as he is proud of the accomplishments of the State of Ohio for its track record in recent elections. He would put the state up against any in the country.

He explained his two main responsibilities as secretary of state include election administration, working with all 88 county boards of election to ensure Ohioans have a convenient and secure election, along with the entrepreneurship side of businesses in the state, which includes filing the articles of incorporation.

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