August 2 Primary Election Begins
Ohio’s county boards of elections began distributing primary election ballots on Friday to active duty military and overseas voters, officially starting the August 2 Primary Election for state legislative and party central committee candidates.
The deadline for Ohioans to register to vote is July 5 and early voting begins July 6.
“The August 2nd primary election is now officially underway as today marks the start of voting for overseas and military personnel. While every vote cast in every election is equally important, there’s something unique and meaningful about our warriors who defend America’s interests on foreign soil being able to easily participate in our election process. They are exercising the very rights they defend and impacting the communities they’ll return to,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose.
“A primary election in August is unusual and certainly unexpected this year, but it’s no less important. I encourage the friends and family of Ohioans who are serving or working abroad to remind them to visit VoteOhio.gov because it's time for them to cast a ballot.”
Recognizing the complexities of voting from overseas, both federal and state law protect the right and ability for uniformed services and overseas U.S. citizens to vote by providing additional and adequate time for them to apply for and cast an absentee ballot. Ballots may be requested by mail, email, or fax, but must be submitted by mail or in person, like any other absentee ballot.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE) are federal laws ensuring this right in federal elections, while the Ohio General Assembly has incorporated those federal protections into the Ohio Revised Code and extended them to state and local elections.
Ohio voters will find the following races on their August 2 primary ballot:
- Ohio House of Representatives
- Ohio Senate
- Democrat State Central Committee
- Republican State Central Committee
- Local issues and measures impacting their communities
Voting is Underway: August 2nd Primary Election Dates & Deadlines for Statehouse and State Central Committee Races:
- June 17, 2022 – Military and Overseas Voting Begins
- July 5, 2022 – Voter Registration Deadline
- July 6, 2022 – Early Voting Begins
- August 2, 2022 – Primary Election Day
Poll worker Recruitment: We need you! Sign up to be a poll worker for the August 2nd Primary at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy
Voter Registration: Register or update your registration before the July 5th deadline at VoteOhio.gov
Inflation Impacts Business Growth, LaRose Aims to Connect Businesses With Resources
Thursday, Secretary LaRose announced 14,596 new business filings in May 2022, a 27% decrease from May 2021.
Inflation continues to be a major factor stifling small business optimism nationwide. According to a survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), inflation was the single most important problem facing their business. In a separate study conducted by NFIB Ohio, inflation was ranked as the issue most concerning to Ohio small business owners by 49% of respondents.
“Plain and simple, it’s getting too expensive for entrepreneurs to start a business. When I meet with new business owners, they’re growing more and more frustrated with the inaction from our leaders in Washington DC,” said Secretary LaRose. “Entrepreneurs need to know that Ohio has their back. That’s why I’ve aimed my office’s efforts toward cutting bureaucratic red tape and directing Ohio businesses to the resources that can help them succeed.”
Buckeye Boys State
The Secretary spoke to the hundreds of students attending Buckeye Boys State Thursday evening. Buckeye Boys State, a ten-day program hosted by the American Legion, teaches young men about leadership, patriotism, and state and local government. Our office also presents to a similar program for young girls across Ohio called Buckeye Girls State. Secretary LaRose spoke to the group about the leadership lessons he picked up throughout his military career and the importance of being civically engaged in one’s community, state and nation.
After the evening event ended, the Secretary met a young man who is already doing his part to boost civic engagement among his peers. Nick, a student at Cincinnati Country Day School, led a voter registration drive at his school, signing up over a dozen of his classmates to participate in our American democratic voting process.
Ohio Self-Insurers Association
Secretary LaRose spoke to the Ohio Self-Insurers Association on Thursday as part of their annual conference. The Secretary offered a report on the status of business growth in the state and the work his office is doing to help mitigate the headwinds facing entrepreneurs as inflation continues to rise and speculation grows that a recession could be on the horizon.
All Staff Meeting
This week, Secretary LaRose held an all-hands-on-deck staff meeting to recognize the important work they’ve done over the past few years amid significant, unforeseen dynamics, and how the Secretary's office operations can be best prepared for future challenges. Secretary LaRose emphasized the north star of their clear-cut mission: help Ohioans vote and help Ohioans create businesses.
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Proposed Ohio Constitutional Amendment Would Limit Voting to Citizens
The question of voting by non-citizens will be determined in Ohio, with the legislature's House Joint Resolution 4 (HJR 4) adopted by the state Senate on June 1 and putting the measure on the November ballot.
Sponsored by Republican State Reps. Jay Edwards and Bill Seitz, the bill would block local governments from allowing non-citizens to vote in local elections. The legislation comes in response to certain localities enabling non-citizens to vote in local elections.
"In 2020, the Village of Yellow Springs exposed ambiguity in Ohio's Constitution when it attempted to allow non-citizens the right to vote in local elections," Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a statement. "Without the clarity provided in the Amendment, future Secretaries of State might choose to agree to bestow the precious, uniquely American right to vote to people who are not American citizens."
Small business optimism continues to fall nationwide, Ohio
Small business optimism fell to its lowest point in nearly 50 years, and Ohio small business owners remain cautious about growth, according to the monthly National Federation of Independent Business Optimism Index.
The index fell 0.1 points in May to 93.1, making it the fifth consecutive month below the organization’s 48-year average of 98. At the same time, the nationwide survey showed the percentage of owners expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months fell 4 points to 54%. That also represented the lowest mark in 48 years.
“Inflation continues to outpace compensation which has reduced real incomes across the nation,” said NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg. “Small business owners remain very pessimistic about the second half of the year as supply chain disruptions, inflation, and the labor shortage are not easing.”