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

Getting out the Vote for the August 2 Primary Special Election

This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose once again partnered with Ohio media to help promote the August 2 primary election and encourage voter turnout. Public participation in our democratic process is a mutually shared value for all Ohioans, and every election, the press has been immensely helpful in delivering the message across the state that every election is important and voting is a cornerstone civic virtue.

"Every election is important." Secretary LaRose talks with WTOV Steubenville about the upcoming August 2 primary


To help raise awareness and interest in the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election, Secretary LaRose released a public service announcement encouraging Ohioans to make their voices heard on Election Day. Help get the word out! Share our PSA on your own social media.


Week 3 Early Voting Numbers Released for the August 2 Primary

The August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election is just a few days away. On Wednesday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that 92,888 absentee ballots have been requested by-mail or in-person for the state legislative and executive committee races and that 67,218 votes have been cast statewide in those same races.

Information for this analysis was collected by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office from Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections, detailing early voting activity from Monday, July 18 through the end of early voting hours on Friday, July 22.

Ballots Requested Democratic 57,829 Republican 35,059 Ballots Cast Early In Person Democratic 14,514 Republican 12,065 Total Ballots Returned and Submitted for Counting Democratic 39,413 Republican 27,805

"Ohio is a national leader in making voting accessible and convenient, all the while maintaining security throughout the process and delivering accurate, audited results," said Secretary LaRose. "Whether Ohioans choose to vote early in-person, by mail-in absentee ballot, or at their polling location on Election Day, each of these options makes participating in our democratic process easy and inclusive."

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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 5 early in-person voting hours: Sun. 7/31 1 pm - 5 pm Mon. 8/1 8 am - 2 pm

Early In-person Voting Hours:

  • July 30, 8 am - 4 pm
  • July 31, 1 pm - 5 pm
  • August 1, 8 am - 2 pm

Election Day, August 2 - polls are open from 6:30 am - 7:30 pm

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


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Poll Worker Tracker Shows Ohio Has Exceeded its Statewide Recruitment Goals

As Ohio nears closer to Election Day, Ohio's Poll Worker Tracker shows Ohio added approximately 1,000 poll workers in the past week, and as of Monday, July 25, 28,356 Ohioans have signed up to serve as a poll worker in the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election.

The minimum number of poll workers needed to conduct the election statewide is 24,522. As of Monday, seventy-two 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 unforeseen circumstances, Secretary LaRose has set a goal of 28,205 poll workers statewide, or 115% above the minimum. As of Monday, forty-two counties have met their goal numbers.

"Ohio poll worker recruitment remains strong in no small part due to the programs we implemented amid the significant challenges of the 2020 election," said Secretary LaRose. "Facing a pandemic and concerns over health and safety, Ohio launched a number of creative, targeted poll worker recruitment programs that proved incredibly successful, resulting in the most successful election in Ohio history. Today, many of those first-time recruits are continuing to work our elections, and I join our county boards of elections to thank them for their continued service."

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

The county breakdown can be seen on Ohio’s Poll Worker Tracker. The tracker, which was started in 2020 by Secretary LaRose, continues to give Ohioans, counties and partner organizations clear goals for poll worker recruitment for the August 2 primary.

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Additional Meetings

Secretary LaRose discussed the important role the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) has played in economic growth and development in Northeast Ohio as the organization celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday.

On Friday, the Secretary visited the Morrow County Board of Elections in Mt. Gilead as the Board makes preparations for the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election.


In Case You Missed It

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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose returns from observing Nigerian election

Secretary of State Frank LaRose has returned from observing an election in Nigeria, as part of an American delegation, the second such trip he’s taken as Ohio’s top elections official.

LaRose, who was in the country from July 14-22, was the lead delegate in a group of elections observers funded by USAID, a federal agency that promotes democracy in strategically targeted foreign countries. The delegation was for what amounts to a trial run of new elections reforms put into place in advance of the country’s highly anticipated presidential elections in February 2023.

While in Nigeria, LaRose said he met with candidates, elections officials, American diplomats and reporters. At the end of the trip, LaRose and other delegates produced a report making recommendations for the upcoming election, including reallocating polling places to limit crowding and long lines.

Read the full Cleveland.com article.

Secretary LaRose participates in one the numerous briefings provided by Nigerian officials

During his time in Nigeria, Secretary LaRose visited the Baytown Lounge, a restaurant in the city of Gadu, owned by an Ohio couple, Charlie and Kay Onuba. Secretary LaRose met Kay at a Columbus Christian Business Network conference held in June in Upper Arlington, when he learned of the couple's business venture in Nigeria. Remarkably, Charlie and Kay manage the restaurant by commuting back and forth from Ohio to Gadu.

To show his support for these Ohio entrepreneurs, Secretary LaRose dined at Baytown Lounge during his time in Nigeria, and celebrated the Onubas' trans-Atlantic entrepreneurial success.

 

The Vindicator

Despite the stories we’ve been reporting, it’s inevitable that many local voters will be caught by surprise to learn that in just one week Ohio will have another primary / special election.

The second primary election coming early next month was triggered by the repeated rejection of redistricting maps for the state legislative races. And so, we will vote again on Aug. 2.

Nearly every precinct will be open, which means this important election will require just as much support as more traditionally scheduled elections. However, so far, the number of poll workers signed up is not quite enough to get the job done.

According to the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office, the minimum number of poll workers needed statewide is 25,764. As of mid-July, 24,741 Buckeye State residents had registered. Further, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has set a goal of 29,634 poll workers statewide to prepare for any unforeseen challenges.

“Because Ohio elections are administered so efaficiently and effectively, most people are entirely unaware of the amount of hard work and months of preparation that go into Election Day,” LaRose said. “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.”

Time is running short, however. Those who are interested should sign up at VoteOhio.gov/DefendDemocracy. It’s easy to talk about the kinds of people who ensure our democratic republic keeps rolling forward as it should; it’s just a little tougher to be one of those people.

But you can do it. We encourage you to sign up now.

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