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STATE-COUNTY PARTNERSHIP: CCAO AND OAEO WELCOME RELEASE OF VOTING EQUIPMENT PURCHASING PROGRAM DETAIL

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The County Commissioners Association of Ohio (CCAO) and the Ohio Association of Election Officials (OAEO) appreciate the dedicated effort of Secretary of State Jon Husted and the Ohio Department of Administrative Services as well as their staffs to quickly develop the process to be utilized by the counties to obtain new voting systems and implement the provisions of S.B. 135.

Most of Ohio’s current elections equipment was purchased in 2005 and 2006 and is nearing the end of its useful life.

“The state purchasing program will go a long way in providing the election infrastructure counties need to ensure efficient and fair elections. Counties will still need to appropriate funding for some voting equipment based on the system they select,” said Gary Lee, Union County commissioner. “County officials will need to work with their boards of elections to select and fund a system that they determine will best serve their voters.”

“Now that the state has completed their work to implement SB 135, county boards of elections and county commissioners can begin in earnest to select and procure new voting equipment,” said Joyce Kale-Pesta, president of the OAEO. “We are so very grateful to our leaders at the state level that they have stepped up in a big way to make this critical investment on behalf of Ohio’s voters.”

“The pressure on county budgets to provide for the myriad components of conducting elections has been increasing at a rate greater than our revenues,” CCAO President Daniel Troy said. “The passage of S.B.135 earlier this year will help our county governments and boards of elections address this critical election administration infrastructure need and is certainly in the best interest of our citizens and our democracy.”

“This is an exciting time for election officials and voters alike,” said Rob Frost, first vice president of OAEO. “We look forward to gathering the input of voting groups, our county commissioners and our voters as we select the next generation of voting equipment for our great state.”

CCAO and OAEO have been working together for over five years with the Ohio House and Senate, the Administration, and the Secretary of State to promote a state/county partnership to establish a program to provide for the acquisition and deployment of new voting equipment across Ohio prior to the 2020 presidential election.

The County Commissioners Association of Ohio advances effective county government for Ohio through legislative advocacy, education and training, technical assistance and research, quality enterprise service programs, and greater citizen awareness and understanding of county government.

OAEO is a bipartisan organization representing Ohio’s 88 county boards of elections and their staff members.  Its mission is to promote fair, accurate and reliable elections through the education of its members and advocating for sound election policies.