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Ohio Secretary of State Week in Review for the Week Ending August 5, 2022

Ohio Executes Another Secure, Accessible Election

On Tuesday, Ohio's professional, bipartisan boards of elections delivered once again on another successful election. The August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election presented many unprecedented challenges for our county boards -- a mere three months removed from the May 3 primary -- yet the boards performed exceptionally for Ohio voters as they do amid every challenging circumstance. The August 2 results will soon be certified, and the county boards will audit the accuracy of the results as they do after every election.

Unofficial results for the August 2 primary.

Secretary LaRose casts his ballot in the August 2, 2022 Primary/Special Election at his polling location in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Upper Arlington


Onward to the November 8, 2022 General Election

Republican and Democratic election professionals from around the state are now focused squarely on the November 8 General Election.

The November 8 election will include the following races:

  • Statewide executive offices, including Governor, Attorney General, Auditor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer
  • U.S. Senate and House
  • Ohio Supreme Court
  • Ohio House and Senate
  • State board of education
  • Local government races and issues

The deadline for registering to vote in the November 8 election is October 11. Register to vote online at VoteOhio.gov.

Make sure your voice is heard this November.


Voter Registration Drives, Poll Worker Recruitment Already Underway for November 8 General Election

It's now full steam ahead toward the November 8 General Election.

On Friday, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose attended the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival in Kirtland to launch 2022’s "Raise a Glass to Democracy" initiative to promote voter registration.

In 2020, during a challenging election amid a worldwide pandemic, more than 50 Ohio breweries participated in the Secretary's Raise a Glass to Democracy voter registration program. In an effort to remind customers and communities to register to vote, breweries made “Every Vote Counts” beer, displayed posters in their taprooms, and posted on their social channels. The public awareness campaign was widely covered by local media and garnered national attention.

These efforts helped encourage Ohioans to register to vote, and in no small part because of this unique collaboration, Ohio voter rolls topped 8 million in the 2020 November election and resulted in an historic record for voter turnout.

Learn more about Raise a Glass to Democracy.

Secretary LaRose launching his 2022 Raise a Glass to Democracy at Northeast Ohio's Vintage Ohio Wine Festival

Meanwhile, the Secretary and Ohio's boards of elections continue their never-ending efforts to recruit poll workers for the next election. On August 2, nearly 30,000 patriotic, civic minded Ohioans assisted their communities' more than 3,000 polling locations across the state by volunteering as precinct election officials for the primary election. Ohioans owe all of them a debt of gratitude for their service and professionalism. This week, the Secretary thanked them all for their volunteerism and encouraged them to remain a critical part of Ohio's election excellence.

Read Secretary LaRose's letter to poll workers.

Learn more about the Secretary's poll worker recruitment initiatives or to sign up to serve as one.

Sign up to be a poll worker!


Ohio Business Spotlight Celebrates Iconic Ohio Businesses

For the month of August, Secretary LaRose is recognizing Ohio businesses that have been in operation for more than 100 years as part of his Ohio Business Spotlight initiative.

Throughout its history, Ohio has been home to virtually every business imaginable -- entrepreneurial enterprises that have put Ohioans to work, bolstered our economy, and made our communities stronger and more prosperous. Over time, these businesses turned our state into an economic powerhouse that is envied for its strength across an array of industries, services, and sectors.

While every successful business has a backstory of risk-taking, ingenuity, and determination, the eight businesses recognized for the month of August are unique in that they have been powering Ohio’s economy for more than a century. Whether they were started by entrepreneurs immigrating to the United States in search of the American dream or passed on generationally by families to keep their operations successful and running, these eight companies have stood the test of time, enhanced Ohio’s economic portfolio, and improved the quality of life for Ohioans for generations.

“The businesses we recognize this month are household names, which through their hard work and creativity, have become the pride of their communities, creating countless jobs and strengthening Ohio’s economic competitiveness in an increasingly global economy,” said Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. “These businesses are deeply ingrained in the economic and civic fabric of the cities and towns where they operate, and as Ohioans, we are all fortunate they continue to call Ohio home and have helped make Ohio the seventh largest economy in the nation.”

Read more about this month's spotlight businesses.

Learn more about the Ohio Business Spotlight.

Secretary of State LaRose visits with WHK Radio in recognition of more than
100 years of operations

Secretary LaRose visits with the owners and staff of Smokin' Rock N' Roll food truck in Bay Village. Ohio's food truck industry was highlighted in July's Ohio Business Spotlight. Learn more.


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CLE Credit for Attorney Poll Workers Becomes Permanent

Attorneys can earn continuing legal education (CLE) credit for serving as poll workers in elections following a rule change by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

The rule amendment follows previous orders by the Supreme Court granting lawyers CLE for training and service as election officials to help offset staffing shortages when many older, long-time poll workers were not available because of the COVID pandemic. This rule becomes a permanent way to earn CLE when it goes into effect on Aug. 1.

To see if there is a need for poll workers in your county, you can check the poll worker tracker on the secretary of state’s website. Attorneys can also register as poll workers through the website.

According to Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Ohio became the first state to utilize attorneys as election officials in July 2020. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor’s original call for attorneys to volunteer for the November 2020 general election prompted 1,110 lawyers to participate.

Read more.

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