PAULDING, Ohio (WFFT) - Only one week remains for Ohio voters to get registered for the 2020 Ohio Primary Election on March 17.
Voter registration ends Feb. 18 and the early voting period will commence the following day.
Ohio election offices are hoping that updated cybersecurity and polling technology will make the voting process seamless.
“In 2016 we were just kind of realizing that these threats were out there,” said Kimberly Smith, Defiance County Board of Elections Deputy Director. “As far as approaching cybersecurity and taking those types of things seriously, it has been a night and day difference.”
Cybersecurity threats facing the upcoming election include ransomware and foreign interference.
“It was hard getting ready with the cybersecurity directive,” said Brenda Crawford, Paulding County Board of Elections Director. “Now that we have passed that deadline it makes me more confident that we will have a safe secure election here.”
Ohio Senate Bill 52 became effective Jan. 24.
The legislation was put in place to improve information integrity and security for voters.
Issues with the polling app used at the Iowa Caucus raised questions amongst voters, and lead to candidates asking for a recanvass of results.
Having already tested the polling equipment in Ohio county elections during 2019, election officers are confident that results will be retrieved accurately.
“We are always looking in to see how other states and other counties are handling things to make sure we are taking on best practice here,” Smith said. “We have all had a test run. Which I understand in Iowa they did not have a test run of that app.”
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