- Partners with 25 barber colleges and salon schools
- Requires 35,000 poll workers
Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has announced that 7.8 million absentee ballot request forms will be mailed out to voters this week as part of measures to encourage early voting in the November 3, 2020 general elections.
“It is a huge mail that is going out this week. It will soon be hitting the mailboxes all over Ohio so that people can return their absentee ballot request forms early,” said Secretary Frank LaRose at the launch of “Styling for Democracy. Now Vote” campaign at A Cut Above the Rest Barbershop, Columbus.
Secretary LaRose is partnering with barbershops and salons, and the schools that feed into them, to encourage members of their community to sign up to be poll workers on Tuesday, November 3, register their family and friends to vote and educate the community on requesting and completing absentee ballots.
He urged Ohioans “to register to vote between now and Monday, October 5, 2020. It is simple to do. at voteohio.gov or in the forms we have provided.”
Secretary LaRose said Ohio will “need 35,000 poll workers all over the state to do this important job and it is important that the poll workers reflect the diversity of the state and so when people come into any of our polling locations they should be greeted by one of their neighbors.”
Barbershops and salons looking to partner with Secretary LaRose may contact Zack Reed at ZReed@OhioSoS.gov.
Ohioans who want to vote by absentee ballot must send their request form back to their county board of elections in order to receive an absentee ballot.
In the absentee ballot request instructions, Secretary LaRose has recommended voters submit their request right away, but definitely no later than October 27th. Absentee ballots will be sent by the voter’s respective county board of elections beginning October 6th.
Also, at the event, Senator Hearcel Craig said “we want to make sure there are no barriers or restrictions in terms of people having the right to vote. It is critical that we are voting especially for the marginalized, those that are vulnerable among us.
“Voting is absolutely essential. We have to make sure that the post offices are fully operating, to make sure that all people have access to polling places and that we have the adequate and appropriate staffing for the polling places.”
“I will encourage everyone to vote early. Do not wait when you get those absentee ballots. That is what democracy is all about.”