COLUMBUS – Secretary of State candidate and state Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) today issued a statement following state Sen. Frank LaRose’s (R-Hudson) Cyber Reserve Force announcement.
“The strength of our democracy hinges on the integrity of our elections. That integrity was challenged when hackers tried to infiltrate our election system in 2016, which will likely happen again.
“The mere perception that voting machines and systems can be compromised damages the public trust, threatening the health and integrity of our democracy. That’s why I introduced a comprehensive cybersecurity plan that would establish a cybersecurity director, create a bipartisan team of security advisors from the private and public sectors and modernize our outdated voting systems by requiring voter-marked, voter-verified paper ballots, which experts agree is the most secure system available.
“More than a year after reports of hacking first surfaced, this announcement falls short of being the targeted plan we need to prepare the Secretary of State’s office and our county boards of elections to counter any cyber attacks. The senator does not support requiring the most secure voting system and fails to meet the comprehensive standards I laid out almost a year ago.
“I will continue to lead on this issue and talk with election officials, security experts and secretaries of state as we work to implement a truly comprehensive, hands on approach to securing the integrity of Ohio’s elections.”
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