Post-Election Audit Results Show Another Accurate Ohio Election
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that upon the completion of Ohio’s county boards of elections’ post May 3 primary audits, the accuracy rate for the Ohio Primary Election was 99.9%, keeping with the remarkable accuracy of every election administered under Secretary LaRose’s watch.
Unlike other states, Ohio requires its county boards of elections to audit election results after every election. In doing so, Ohio’s professional, bipartisan boards of elections are instilling confidence in Ohio voters who are driven to participate in our democratic system because they recognize the election results are fair, accurate and very secure. County board audits are conducted transparently and voters are welcome to observe the process and learn more about how accessible and secure Ohio elections are run.
“The remarkable heavy lifting that Ohio’s county boards of elections have done over the past two years should never be taken for granted,” said Secretary LaRose. “Amid uncertainties brought on by covid, lockdowns, and the shifting tides of redistricting litigation, Ohio’s boards of elections continue to rise to any occasion and deliver excellence to Ohio voters. Ohio is a diverse state and each of 88 county boards faced different challenges, yet all of them delivered on a successful, remarkably accurate May 3 primary. Ohioans should thank the friends and neighbors among them who serve as precinct officials for their patriotic service to our state and democracy.”
Seventeen-Year-Old Rising High School Senior Now Eligible for Ohio's Youth at the Booth Initiative
This week, Secretary LaRose helped expand Ohio’s poll worker recruitment efforts by notifying the state’s 88 boards of elections that seventeen-year-olds who have completed their junior year in high school are eligible to serve as poll workers in the August 2 primary. Prior to the guidance issued yesterday, there was ambiguity as to whether a student was considered a senior upon the immediate conclusion of their junior year or upon entering their senior year in the fall. Yesterday’s guidance provides the boards with an additional option available to meet their poll worker needs.
“It's summer break, and thousands of rising seniors are enjoying some time off before their final year of high school begins,” said LaRose. “We’d love to see these young voters-to-be get a head start on civic engagement, learn firsthand how secure and accessible Ohio‘s elections are, put some spending money in their pocket, and add a unique experience to their college application.”
Under Ohio’s Youth at the Booth program, students will earn at least $100-$150 for their time. They may also be eligible for community service hours, extra credit in school, and get a boost to their college applications.
Further, civic participation provides hands-on learning, fosters future civic involvement, and improves the elections process. As part of the guidance, boards of elections have been encouraged to work with local schools to develop a recruitment program for these students.
Logic & Accuracy Testing
Boards of Elections throughout the state continue the rigorous preparations to ensure security and accuracy during early and election day voting. A major part of this process is logic and accuracy testing. Election officials are required to run voting equipment through a battery of tests to ensure the machines are up to standard for each election. This testing process is another in a long list of protocols aimed at ensuring accuracy. In fact, these steps have helped ensure a consistently high 99.9% accuracy rate.
August 2nd State Legislative Primary Reminders
The August 2nd Primary Election for State Legislative and Party Central Committee races is underway with the shipment of hundreds of military and overseas ballots last week.
Ohio voters will find the following races on their August 2 primary ballot:
- Ohio House of Representatives
- Ohio Senate
- Democrat/Republican State Central Committee
- Local issues and measures impacting their communities
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- 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
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NOTE: “This was a not a good process. This was a mess, friends. This should not stay in our Constitution,” said Susan Lerner director of Common Cause NY
New York’s political world was turned upside down this year but it was not by a political scandal or a surprise resignation or a federal indictment. It was something much less salacious – the New York State Court of Appeals rejected the legislature’s newly-drawn election districts.
The fallout was swift with new maps created by a court-appointed special master that upended political norms, pitted former Democratic colleagues against each other, eliminated long-standing districts, and created opportunities for upstarts to vie for congressional seats in crowded contests.
“This was a not a good process. This was a mess friends. This should not stay in our Constitution,” said Susan Lerner director of Common Cause NY, a good government group that has been involved in the redistricting debate for over a decade.
Lerner was referring to the so-called “independent redistricting commission that was created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a compromise to reform efforts led by Lerner and others to create an impartial districting process that would prevent political parties from gerrymandering districts to achieve their political ends. Lerner made her comments as a part of the New York State Bar Association’s distinguished panel on this year’s redistricting fracas called Drawing the Lines: Where Does New York Go from Here?
COLUMBUS – Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced 14,596 new business filings in May 2022, a 27% decrease from May 2022 and a 14% decrease from the same point in 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 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.”
Through streamlining certifications for minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses and modernizing the process for limited liability companies (LLCs) to incorporate in Ohio, Secretary LaRose continues to tear down barriers to business creation in Ohio.