COLUMBUS—The Senate today passed Senate Bill 194, sponsored by State Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem), which would add an additional layer of security to protect Ohio voter information stored by county boards of elections.
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 the list of standards and will allow the appointment of a cybersecurity expert as a non-voting member.
"Thank you to President Obhof and my colleagues in the Senate for joining me in passing this common sense legislation as well as Secretary of State Frank LaRose and his team for their work on the bill," said Senator Rulli. "Ohio voters need to have confidence that their registrations are secure and accurate, and our county boards deserve systems that are properly vetted so they have the appropriate tools to do their jobs effectively and efficiently."
Senate Bill 194 will now be sent to the Ohio House for further consideration.