Early Voting Begins for the August 2nd Legislative Primary
This week marked the voter registration deadline on Tuesday and the start of early voting on Wednesday for the August 2nd statewide legislative primary election. As he does for each election, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose is dedicated to spreading the word statewide about the August 2nd election to encourage participation in this fundamentally important, uniquely American democratic process. In addition to partner outreach, Secretary LaRose started an aggressive public awareness campaign. To raise awareness about the voter registration deadline and the start of early voting, the Secretary spoke to more than a dozen radio and television stations throughout Ohio to inform voters about the election, deadlines, the need for poll workers, and their three convenient and secure options for Ohioans to cast their ballot.
Ohio voters statewide 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:
Early In-person Voting Hours:
- July 11-15 8am-5pm
- July 18-22 8am-5pm
- July 25-29 8am-7pm
- July 30 8am-4pm
- July 31 1pm-5pm
- August 1 8am-2pm
Election Day: August 2nd 6:30am-7:30pm
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Spotlighting Ohio's Food Truck Businesses
Each summer, communities gather for holidays and events like Memorial Day, Independence Day, county fairs, festivals, and more. While the food truck was seen as a novelty just a few years ago, today food trucks are ubiquitous in Ohio and travel from all ends of the state to line up for these events to showcase their delicious creations for all to enjoy.
This past year has brought on additional economic challenges for many entrepreneurs across the state including food truck owners. Unfortunately, food trucks are not immune to the market forces around them, due to the rising cost of gas, food, and supplies. Despite these challenges, these creative entrepreneurs are pressing on and working to provide a service we all know and love.
This month’s Ohio Business Spotlight, an initiative created by Secretary LaRose to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth, recognizes eight food truck owners who have proven their resilience and worked around the clock to increase their profits, grow their operations, and satisfy the cravings of a hungry Ohio. These eight trucks highlighted for July are just a sample of the enterprising Ohioans who continue to lead this industry forward.
“Being an entrepreneur takes grit, determination, and creativity, especially when facing challenging economic headwinds,” said LaRose. “Ohioans have all been heavily impacted by inflation and economic uncertainty, yet I am fully confident that Ohio entrepreneurs will continue to be the tip of the spear to lead us back to firmer footing. These food truck entrepreneurs work tirelessly for their businesses to succeed, to provide for their families, and to create jobs and prosperity for their communities.”
Learn more about the Ohio Business Spotlight – including the other industries and sectors previously recognized by the Secretary.
National Association of Secretaries of State
This week, Secretary LaRose joined Secretaries of State from around the country for the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) conference. The bipartisan event provides a forum for Republican and Democrat secretaries of state to showcase best practices, share their states’ election experiences, and collaborate on issues of mutual interest. Ohio plays a prominent role at NASS, because of its nationally recognized leadership in elections security and its track record of bringing forth innovative solutions to promote increased voter participation.
Last week, during her speech at the Ohio’s election officials’ summer conference in Columbus, Jen Easterly, Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), praised Ohio’s election security advancements as a “model” for other states. Director Easterly further stated that “if everybody in the country were implementing all of that great guidance, I think we wouldn’t have to worry so much about the security of our elections.” Secretary LaRose utilized this year’s NASS conference as an opportunity to showcase the collaborative professionalism of Ohio’s elections officials and offer guidance to other states looking to follow Ohio’s trailblazing example.
Secretary LaRose serves as Co-Chair of the NASS International Relations Committee, and also as a member of the Elections Committee, the Business Committee, and the Cybersecurity Committee.