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Most County Boards Of Election Pass Security Checklist

Feb 5, 2020

Secretary of State Frank LaRose and board of elections officials at his press event: Deputy Director Shantiel Soeder of the Cuyahoga County BOE (right), Director Laura Bruns of the Miami County BOE and Director Michelle Wilcox of Auglaize County BOE.
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Ninety percent of all Ohio counties are now considered compliant with an election security order issued by the Secretary of State last summer.

That leaves a handful that aren’t, with two weeks until voters start casting early ballots for the March presidential primary. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Secretary of State Frank LaRose says 80 county boards of elections passed a 34 point security checklist, including background checks and training for election workers, migrating to .gov domains and installing intrusion detectors on servers. Hamilton, Ottawa and Warren Counties will meet those requirements within a week, and Carroll, Holmes, Trumbull and Clark Counties are working on it. But LaRose says the remaining county will have to check in with his office once a week.

 

“We are placing the Van Wert County Board of Elections under administrative oversight.”

 

Additionally, LaRose says a Coshocton County board member has been asked to resign for refusing to comply with the security directive. A server alarm in LaRose’s office caught an attempted intrusion from a Russian company in November.