Ohio Voters Receive Absentee Ballot Applications
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced that every registered Ohio voter will be receiving an absentee ballot request form, a common practice for the last decade. Funding for the mailing was approved by the Ohio General Assembly, which granted the appropriation earlier this year.
“Ohioans are blessed to have three convenient and secure options to choose from when they cast their ballot in the November general election,” said Secretary LaRose. “If you’re voting by mail, you have the added convenience of sitting at the kitchen table, researching the candidates, and making a well-informed decision. The best part? Voters can have confidence that Ohio’s long and proven track record of running a secure absentee ballot system will protect the integrity of their vote.”
- The mailing of absentee voter applications – not absentee ballots – to all registered voters during gubernatorial and presidential election cycles has been standard practice for more than a decade. In all, nearly 8 million registered Ohio voters will receive the absentee voter application.
- Unlike other states that recklessly send a ballot to every voter even if they did not request one, Ohio requires a voter to prove their identity twice --both when they request a ballot and again when they return that ballot.
- Ohioans who choose to vote by absentee ballot must return their request form to their county board of elections to receive the absentee ballot for the November 8 general election.
In the absentee ballot request instructions, Secretary LaRose recommends voters submit their request as quickly as possible to ensure the U.S. Postal Service has adequate time to deliver their absentee voting request.
Recruiting a New Generation of Voters and Poll Workers
At Tuscarawas Valley High School, juniors and seniors filled the auditorium for an opportunity to test out a real voting machine and learn more about registering to vote and serving as a poll worker. This is all part of Secretary LaRose’s Youth at the Booth initiative.
The Secretary began his visit to the school by talking to the students about the incredible opportunity and responsibility they have as future voters and leaders in their community. Staff from the Tuscarawas County Board of Elections were also on hand to discuss opportunities to serve as a poll worker, answer any questions, and help familiarize students with voting machines by conducting a mock election in which students voted on their favorite food.
As an extra incentive for students at Tusky Valley High School, one of the government teachers is offering extra credit for any student who works the polls on Election Day.
Styling for Democracy
This week, Secretary LaRose announced the "2022 Styling for Democracy. Now Vote!" initiative – a partnership with barbershops, salons, and barber schools to encourage their customers and employees to sign up to be poll workers, register their families and friends to vote, and educate their communities on the multiple convenient and secure ways to vote in Ohio.
This year's program hopes to build upon its previous success in 2020. Across Ohio, the collaboration inspired employees and customers to make their voices heard and encourage others to do the same. One remarkable barbershop in Columbus helped register thousands of Ohioans, and countless others throughout the state reported similar success. Already this year, Styling for Democracy has added more barbershops, salons, and barber colleges to the campaign, and in doing so, it has extended its reach to even more Ohioans and more communities to participate in our cherished democratic process.
"Your local barber or stylist is often also a friend, a news source, and a community leader – their shop is also a place where ideas and local issues are discussed,” said LaRose. “If you’re talking politics at the barbershop, talk is all you can do unless you are registered to vote; and if you really want to take it to the next level, sign up to be a poll worker so that you can help your neighbors have another free and fair election.”
For generations, beauty salons and barbershops have served as special places, especially in urban areas – as much a social hub as they are an economic engine. They are not simply businesses that provide hair care services, but they are sanctuaries where neighbors can discuss politics and the issues of importance in the community.
Barbershops and salons looking to partner with Secretary LaRose on this important initiative should contact Henry Curtis at [email protected] who can provide additional information about the Styling for Democracy campaign.
As the November 8 election quickly approaches, Secretary LaRose is partnering with more than 100 breweries, wineries, and distilleries throughout Ohio to help Ohioans get registered to vote as part of the Secretary's "Raise a Glass for Democracy" initiative. This week, Secretary LaRose visited Klingshirn Winery in Lorain County -- a partner in the the Raise a Glass campaign -- to tour Klingshirn's winery and thank them for their role in helping to turn more Ohioans into registered voters.
While in Lorain County, Secretary LaRose stopped by the Lorain County Board of Elections to talk with their dedicated staff and observe the myriad preparations underway in advance of the 2022 midterm elections.
As fair season continues in Ohio, Secretary LaRose helped kick off the Stark County Fair on its opening day. While there, he met with local elected officials and agriculture leaders and addressed fairgoers as part of the the fair's opening ceremony.
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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
Upcoming Voting Schedule:
- September 23 -- Military and overseas absentee voting begins
- October 11 -- Deadline for voter registration
- October 12 -- Early in-person voting begins
- November 8 -- Election Day, polls will be open 6:30 am to 7:30 pm