COLUMBUS – On June 11, 2019, Secretary of State Frank LaRose issued Directive 2019-08, a comprehensive, multi-faceted security strategy for both our local boards of elections and the state that provides the redundancy required of a strong election system infrastructure. The effort has made Ohio the national leader in election security.
The directive included a checklist of 34 separate requirements that must be met in order to be considered compliant. The specifics of this checklist essentially serve as Ohio’s detailed defense plan against adversaries who seek to disrupt our elections. These requirements fall under five separate sectors:
- Physical security assessments and improvements
- Background checks of personnel
- Secure website and e-mail domains
- Cyber-attack detection and tracking hardware
- Security Training
While full compliance is expected by all 88 counties, there certainly are county-specific situations that are receiving the full attention and support of our office in order to achieve completion.
“There’s a reason other states are looking to Ohio as the new standard for election security,” said LaRose. “We’ve challenged our counties to make significant and challenging improvements well before voters begin casting their ballots; setting up the security redundancies necessary to achieve a successful election.”
Over the past seven months, the Secretary’s office has been working hand in hand with county boards of elections to assist them in achieving compliance with the directive, including daily phone updates and dozens of site visits.
- January 31: County boards of elections must submit their final progress reports to the Secretary of State’s office; Secretary of State’s office begins final review of county progress reports
- February 5 (TENTATIVE): Secretary LaRose will present the results in an open media event