Clark County Board of Election not worried about cyber hacking, rigged election

Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)
Voting stickers. (WDTN Photo/Paul Rodzinka)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – With Election Day drawing near, local boards of election are getting ready for the general election.

Their voting machines may be 10 years old, but the Clark County Board of Elections said they’re not worried about being hacked or election rigging.  They have a paper based backup system.

These days the Clark County Board of Election is spending their hours proof-reading the actual November ballot and will send it off to the printers shortly.

According to their Board of Election Director Jason Baker, there are 22 tax levies on the Clark County Ballot for November.

“Clark County is a paper ballot county.  Everything is voted on a paper ballot.  That’s our backup system.  As far as tabulation equipment goes, there’s not one piece of equipment that is connected to their internet, so there could be no internet hacking,” Baker said.

Clark County has the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail system in place.  Meaning a paper record that can be hand-counted and audited. All votes are cast either on a paper ballot that can be scanned electronically or counted by hand or on an electronic touch-screen machine that has a visible paper record that the voter can check.

They are planning to test all their machines next week then lock and seal them with memory cards inside until Election Day.

They have roughly 330 volunteers and are looking to add about 100 more.  A training session for volunteers will be held October 5th and 6th to assist with getting their 90,000 registered voters through the process.  The deadline to register to vote is October 11th.

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