Evidence of Potential Voter Fraud Referred to Prosecutors, Ohio Attorney General
This week, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose referred four individuals to the Ohio Attorney General and to four county prosecutors for potential voter fraud violations. Thanks to a joint partnership among a number of states around the nation, Ohio has been able to identify individuals who allegedly voted first in one state, and then cast another ballot in Ohio in violation of state law. All violations occurred in the 2020 general election. This referral is the first round of several and includes individuals identified through partnerships with Iowa, Missouri, Nevada, and Oregon. Additional referrals in conjunction with other partner states are expected.
“Ohio has a zero-tolerance policy for voter fraud,” said LaRose. “It’s one person, one vote. That’s what Ohioans expect when they cast their ballot and it’s what we will continue to deliver. Voter fraud is exceedingly rare in Ohio because the word is out – if you try to vote twice, we will catch you.”
Warning for Ohio Businesses
COLUMBUS – Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued a warning to Ohio business owners about a deceptive letter offering to sell a government service that the State of Ohio provides for free.
One of the newest in a line of suspicious, misleading, and even fraudulent mailers involves Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) filings. This mailer claims to “obtain and mail a hard copy of your Ohio UCC Financing Statement Form” for a $90 fee. The same PDF document being referenced can be downloaded and printed for free at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website at https://ucc.ohiosos.gov.
Warning: A mailer (shown below) has been sent to several Ohio businesses scamming them into spending $90 to obtain a free form.
Guidance for Ohio Business Owners: These letters are not affiliated with the Ohio Secretary of State’s office or any government entity. Businesses can learn more about common suspicious and deceptive correspondence of which they should be wary. Businesses should report any suspicious solicitations to [email protected] or 877-767-3453 (877-SOS-FILE).
“While it comes as no surprise, there are many bad actors among us trying to target Ohio’s hard-working entrepreneurs,” said LaRose. “As I work with my team to look at all possible options to further shield businesses from these scams, I encourage all Ohioans to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to my office.”
The Ohio Secretary of State's office has taken steps to refer this matter to the consumer protection division at the Ohio Attorney General's Office for additional investigation and prosecuted, if warranted.
Spotlighting Ohio's Agricultural Industry
This week, Secretary LaRose announced seven unique businesses from across the Buckeye State who are in the spotlight as we recognize Ohio’s great agriculture industry. Our state relies on our land and the people who cultivate it. Agriculture is our state’s number one industry and today most of Ohio’s 77,000 farms are run by families. As farmers and the small businesses who support them are busy preparing for the harvest this month, Secretary LaRose is highlighting special businesses that provide not only for their families, but for their communities across our state.
These businesses play an active role in their community, created jobs, modernized farming operations, and even taken to social media to educate others on modern farming. This month’s business spotlight should inspire Ohioans to look up local farms in their area to procure meat, greens, milk, and even a fun family adventure and learning opportunity.
“Working on a farm taught me valuable life lessons, such as work ethic and grit,” said Secretary LaRose. “Ohioans are known for these values and they’re exemplified in our agricultural community. They are traditions that will be passed on from generation to generation as Ohio’s small family farms continue to feed and support our great state.”
Learn more at OhioSoS.gov/Spotlight.
Breaking Tie Votes
Among the myriad duties of the Ohio Secretary of State is to periodically cast the decisive vote when an Ohio County Board of Elections locks in a tie vote on an election issue. Because our county boards consist of an even number, two Democrats and two Republicans, issues under consideration by the boards can result in an impasse with a tied two-to-two vote. When this occurs, the boards inform the Secretary, who in consultation with his team of election attorneys, review the facts and positions of the board members and render a tie-breaking decision based on Ohio law.
Following the August 2 primary election, the following counties submitted tie votes to Secretary LaRose:
Trumbull County: A tied vote resulted from a question over whether to certify the nomination of a judge to run for the Trumbull Court of Common Pleas for a vacant bench following the resignation of the sitting judge. Read more.
Cuyahoga County: The board deadlocked on whether to certify an independent candidate for the 18th Ohio House District on the November 8 ballot after failing to file to run in the May 3 partisan primary. Read more.
Summit County: The Summit County board considered the certification of a candidate for the Ninth District Court of Appeals following the withdrawal of another candidate. Read more.
Two additional counties – Athens and Mahoning – have tie vote decisions pending before the Secretary and will be resolved in the coming days.
Thursday, Secretary LaRose joined dozens of veteran-owned and veteran-friendly businesses at the National Veteran's Memorial and Museum in Columbus at their second annual Vet Ohio Expo. The Secretary, a combat veteran and current U.S. Army Reservist, spoke to the group about the active role the Secretary of State's office plays in supporting veteran entrepreneurship in the state.
Secretary LaRose speaks with veteran entrepreneurs at the annual Vet Ohio Expo
This week, Secretary LaRose spoke at the Stark County Minority Business Association reception, providing an update on the work his office has done recently to improve the process for obtaining minority business enterprise (MBE) certification. While in Stark County, the Secretary joined leaders from historically black colleges and universities and the minority community for the annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic in Canton.
Secretary LaRose speaks to the Stark County Minority Business Association
Secretary LaRose meets with community leaders at the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic
As we approach the 21st anniversary of the horrific events of September 11th, team members at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office were on hand to help plant flags on the lawn of the Ohio Statehouse as part of the annual 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
Register to vote online at VoteOhio.gov.
In Case You Missed It
ZOARVILLE — It's never too early to learn about the importance of voting.
Tuscarawas Valley Local School juniors and seniors heard that last week when they attended an assembly about the importance of Civil Engagement, where they heard Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose's discussion on “Youth to Booth.”
Students were able to view demo voting machines and learned about the opportunities to work at a local polling station during the November general election. They also received information on registering to vote and other pertinent items about voting.
Senior citizens, college and high school students (age 17 and over) can volunteer at the polls.
LaRose said it is important for Ohio residents to vote. He said an election is powerful and is free for men and women to choose leaders.
On Tuesday, Sept. 6, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose visited the Highland County Fair to participate in its 75th anniversary celebration.
Among other things, LaRose visited the new 4-H barn to talk with local exhibitors and presented Fair Board President Mark Baldwin with a proclamation from the State of Ohio congratulating Highland County for its continued operations and success.
“As Ohio’s 51st Secretary of State, I am pleased to extend a warm welcome to all those attending the 2022 Highland County Fair,” LaRose’s proclamation reads. “County fairs provide an opportunity for local residents to experience the best their communities have to offer. From agriculture and entertainment to local food and friendly competition, there is no shortage of things to do, see and explore.