Clark County has been a focal point in recent elections. In 2012, President Barrack Obama visited Springfield in the final weekend before election day. In 2016, now President Donald Trump visited the Clark County fairgrounds.
“They know Ohio matters and know Clark County voters matter,” LaRose said of candidates. “People who win in counties like Clark County win nationwide.”
National concern has grown this week about the integrity of elections as a viral video showed a voting machine changing a Mississippi voter selection. Ohio has invested more than $100 million upgrading machines across the state, LaRose said.
“Ohio is leading the nation by investing in the new state-of-the-art equipment and it’s more much accurate as it relates to those touch screens,” he said.
Clark County voters specifically won’t have to worry about touch screens, Clark County Election Board Director Jason Baker said, because the county’s new machines use paper.
“Voters have to put pen to paper,” Baker said. “The board would not go to any kind of touchscreen.”
Baker said he appreciated LaRose coming to Springfield to talk to the employees.
LaRose said that while he is the secretary of state, it’s the county board of elections that run the show come election day.
“This is about relationship building and to make sure that I listen to them,” LaRose said. “It’s the folks at this county board of election and 87 others around the state that do the day to day work of running elections and making sure that when the voters show up on election day, or the 28 days of early voting in Ohio, they know that their voice is going be accurately reflected n that final tally.”
$114.5 million has been invested in Ohio election machines over the last two years.
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