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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending July 15, 2022

Delivering a Solution to State Board of Education Districts

This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that for the 2022 General Election, Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections will utilize the State Board of Education districts designated by the Governor on January 31, 2022. In doing so, the Secretary resolved uncertainties over state school board districts resulting from the protracted litigation over redistricting maps, and brought needed clarity to the candidates running in them.

By law, eleven members of the board are elected by Ohio voters, and their districts are established by the General Assembly according to the most recent decennial redistricting process. Absent legislative action, the Governor has the authority to establish the new districts. As the legislature did not act within the time required by law, the Governor issued a Letter of Designation on January 31, 2022, setting the district boundaries.

This dilemma was resolved on Friday when Secretary LaRose instructed the county boards of elections to utilize the Governor's January 31 map, thereby allowing the board races to proceed in advance of the November 8 General Election.

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MIKE DEWINE GOVERNOR STATE OF OHIO LETTER OF DESIGNATION Pursuant to Sections 3301.01 and 3301.02 of the Ohio Revised Code, and after consultation with the Offices of the Speaker of the House and Senate President, I hereby designate the following boundaries for the State Board of Education districts: • District 1, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 1, 12, and 26, to be represented by Ms. Diana Fessler. • District 2, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 2, 11, and 13, to be represented by Ms. Kirsten Hill. • District 3, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 4, 5, and 6, to be represented by Ms. Charlotte McGuire. • District 4, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 7, 8, and 9, to be represented by Dr. Jenny Kilgore. • District 5, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 10, 14, and 17, to be represented by Mr. Brendan Shea. • District 6, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 3, 15, and 20, to be represented by Dr. Antoinette Miranda. • District 7, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 16, 19, and 25, to be represented by Dr. Christina Collins. • District 8, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 30, 3 1, and 33, to be represented by Ms. Michelle Newman. • District 9, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 18, 29, and 32, to be represented by Mr. John Hagan. • District 10, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 21, 27, and 28, to be represented by Mr. Tim Miller. • District 11, consisting of the three contiguous Senate districts of 22, 23, and 24, to be represented by Ms. Meryl Johnson. The above-referenced State Board of Education districts have been designated based on the Senate districts map adopted by the Ohio Redistricting Commission on January 22, 2022 from the 2021 apportionment.

Read Gov. DeWine's Designated District Boundaries


Early Voting Numbers Released for the August 2nd Primary

With less than three weeks to go before Ohio's August 2, 2022 state legislative Primary/Special Election, on Wednesday Secretary LaRose announced that 44,407 absentee ballots have been requested by-mail or in-person for the state legislative and party central committee races and that 6,239 votes have been cast statewide in those same races.

"Despite the August 2nd primary not including any marquee statewide races, we’re seeing stronger turnout than expected across Ohio,” said Secretary LaRose. "Every election is important, and that is why it's all the more imperative that we encourage our friends, neighbors, and colleagues to participate in these decisions that will significantly shape our state’s future.”

Ballots requested: democratic 28,178 republican 16,229. Ballots cast early in person: democratic 3,154 republican 2,569. Total ballots returned and submitted for counting: democratic 3,444 republican 2,795

The results above are comprised of data reported by the county boards of elections from the start of early voting on Wednesday, July 6 through the end of early voting hours on Friday, July 8.


Important Dates, Deadlines, and Reminders

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, questions, and measures impacting their communities

Week 3 early in-person voting hours: Mon. 7/18 - Fri, 7/22 8 am - 5pm

If mailing your absentee ballot, the envelope must be postmarked on or before August 1, 2022.

Early In-person Voting Hours:

  • 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 2 - polls are open from 6:30am-7:30pm

NOTE: Voting locations may have changed from previous elections. Ohioans should confirm their polling location.

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Poll Worker Numbers Are on Track, but Recruitment Continues

With less than three weeks to go before the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election, data collected by Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker show that as of July 11, 24,741 Ohioans have signed up to serve as a poll worker.

The minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 25,764. Currently, fifty-two counties have already met the minimum number of poll workers needed.

In order to ensure an adequate number of poll workers are trained and available in case of unforeseen challenges, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 29,634 poll workers statewide, or 115% of the minimum necessary to execute on August 2. Twenty-eight counties have already met that goal.

“Because Ohio elections are administered so efficiently and effectively, most people are entirely unaware of the amount of hard work and months of preparation that go into Election Day,” said Secretary LaRose. “Central to that success are our tens of thousands of battle-tested, civic-minded legions of dedicated poll workers who faithfully and professionally put in the long hours to ensure Ohio’s elections remain a national standard bearer. Despite the fact that Ohio’s primary election is being held at an unusual time of year, poll worker recruitment is strong, and I am confident that we will reach our goal in advance of August.”

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!


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Dayton Daily News

Security top priority for election boards going into fall elections

Ohio Secretary of State’s Office issues new directive for counties to better improve election security

Early voting for the rare August primary has started in Montgomery County and surrounding areas and local officials say election security and integrity continues to be the top priority.

“We don’t do security just one or two days a year, we do it every day,” Montgomery County Board of Elections Infrastructure Engineer Adam Lawson said. “And we’re always moving forward and always trying to get better. We are always in a constant state of change.”

Security protocols at the Montgomery County Board of Elections include voting machines being under lock-and-key and video surveillance of many areas including where votes are tallied. There are rooms at the election board that require both a Republican and a Democrat to enter, election board director Jeff Rezabek said, and the board is working on upgrading its badging system.

Lawson said the county has strong cyber security that protects the office from malware and ransomware.

“Realistically this is a full-blown enterprise for people to exploit,” Lawson said. “Ransomware is rampant and you got people making a lot of money off that and they are always evolving so we have to be evolving as well.”

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