COLUMBUS—State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) yesterday testified on Senate Bill 194, which would add a much needed layer of security to protect Ohio voter information that is stored by county boards of elections.
"Ohio voters need to have confidence that their registrations are secure and accurate. Additionally, our county boards deserve systems that are properly vetted so they have the appropriate tools to do their jobs safely, effectively and efficiently," stated Rulli.
The Ohio Board of Voting Machine Examiners currently sets standards for voting machines, marking devices, tabulating equipment, software, and electronic poll books that must be met before a vendor can contract with a county board of elections. The proposed legislation will add voter registration databases to that list and allow the appointment of a cybersecurity expert as a non-voting member.
"With the 2020 election fast approaching, I will continue to work with the Ohio Secretary of State and our local boards of elections to ensure our systems are protected from those who might seek to do harm or degrade our citizens' confidence in our political process," added Rulli.
For more information on the details of the legislation, please contact Senator Rulli's Office at (614) 466-8285 or send an email to Rulli@OhioSenate.gov.