Ensuring Election Integrity
As part of an ongoing process to ensure the integrity of Ohio elections, this week Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose referred 11 individuals to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost for further investigation of potential election law violations. The referrals include 10 non-citizens who registered to vote but did not cast a ballot and one non-citizen who may have voted illegally.
“Equal to our responsibility to deliver accessible and convenient elections is our duty to protect the sanctity of the vote,” said LaRose. “Investigations like these are key to keeping voter fraud exceedingly rare and give voters greater confidence in the integrity of our elections.”
Connecting With Ohio Small Business Owners
Central Ohio has a strong, civic-minded Somali population, and among them are many entrepreneurs creating small businesses and contributing to the economic strength of our state. Secretary LaRose met with Somali business leaders and the Somali Chamber of Commerce this week to discuss Ohio’s business climate and inform them about the resources that may be available for minority business owners.
On Thursday, the Secretary stopped by Cups Café, a nonprofit in the center of Medina, that offers a place for teens in the community to gather and enjoy free food and beverages after school. The nonprofit was featured by Secretary LaRose as part of the Ohio Business Spotlight program for the month of June. During his visit, he met with the owners and congratulated them on their hard work and accomplishments. Read more about Cups Café.
Each year, Secretary LaRose partners with the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank and Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad to host a community leader kayak trip along a section of the Cuyahoga River. The Secretary, an Akron native and avid kayaker, uses the trip as a way to bring community and business leaders together in a casual setting to build partnerships to help strengthen the region. This year’s trip included nonprofit leaders, local elected officials, and several local entrepreneurs, giving the Secretary an opportunity to brainstorm and listen to the successes and challenges facing local business owners.
Election Training Continues
Election day occurs a few times each year but Ohio’s election professionals never stop working, conducting audits, registering voters, and improving their processes. Part of Ohio’s consistent standing as a national leader in elections administration comes from continuing education and the dedication among our state’s election professionals to constant improvement. This week, the Ohio Secretary of State’s office filmed a series of training videos for Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections. These videos, ranging in topic from campaign finance to cyber security, are aimed at educating election officials on updates and refreshing them on topics to ensure smooth, successful elections and exceptional customer service for the voters of Ohio.
Ohio Business Tips and Reminders
- Inflation is putting a large strain on small business owners throughout Ohio, but we have your back! Visit Ohio Business Resource Connection to connect to resources may help you start or grow your business.
- Is your business information up-to-date? Check your business registration and ensure your statutory agent, address, contacts, and other information are up to date.
- Business identity theft is a major threat facing job creators. Protect your business by signing up for alerts.
Election Dates and Reminders
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.
Secretary LaRose met with the Strongsville Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) this week to discuss the work being done to support his fellow veterans as they work to pursue their American dream and grow our state’s economy as new business owners. During his time in office, Secretary LaRose has stood firm in his commitment to champion his fellow service members in their efforts to start and grow their business enterprises. As Secretary of State, he has convened roundtables with veteran entrepreneurs, spotlighted veteran owned businesses, and connected veteran business owners with unique resources for which they may be eligible.
This week, Secretary LaRose spoke to the Community Bankers Association of Ohio at their annual conference. The Secretary updated the group on the August 2 election, voter engagement programs, and outreach initiatives ahead of the November 8 general election.
Secretary LaRose also delivered remarks at the Ohio Department of Veteran Services Women's Conference. The conference focused on connecting women veterans with available resources, networking opportunities, and informative breakout sessions. The Secretary of State's office had a booth set up at the event to provide business resource information and sign up poll workers as part of the "Second Call of Duty" initiative.
In Case You Missed It
TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Ohio election officials and small businesses are teaming up for a voter registration campaign.
The campaign is called the 2022 Raise a Glass to Democracy, announced by Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose. The campaign is expanding to include Ohio distilleries and wineries, as well as more craft breweries. The 2020 campaign enlisted the support of more than 50 breweries and today, that number has grown to 100.
According to LaRose’s office, the campaign will use special branding with a website that will allow for online voter registration. Partnering businesses will make special beers or include common labeling on their products, display posters in their locations and social media posts to get the word out about the voter registration deadline of October 11.
LaRose’s office says more than 50 Ohio craft breweries signed up to create a beer using a universal label designed to encourage civic engagement and boost voter registration. The labels promote the VoteOhio.gov website without sacrificing the business branding.
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.