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Ohio Secretary of State's Office Receives Perfect Audit from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in its use of Federal Election Grant Dollars

Ohio was the only state to receive a clean audit--no findings and no recommendations

Today, Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose announced the findings of an audit authorized by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) that assessed the State of Ohio's use of federal grants received under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA). The audit did not identify any findings or make any recommendations, meaning the Secretary of State's office administered the $45 million in federal grants in full compliance with the EAC's requirements.

"There should be no greater charge to any public official at any level of government service than to be responsible, professional stewards of taxpayer dollars," said Secretary LaRose. "I am proud that the array of fiscal controls, oversight, and policies we have put in place to responsibly manage taxpayer dollars have been validated in the audit, and we will continue to be diligent in our efforts to ensure that the interests of taxpayers are always prioritized."

On August 9, the Office of the Inspector General of the EAC released its findings, saying, "The Office of Inspector General found that the Ohio Secretary of State accounted for HAVA funds in accordance with applicable requirements, properly accounted for and controlled property purchased with HAVA payments, and used the funds in a manner consistent with the informational plans that they had submitted."

Read the full audit.

Ohio utilized the HAVA funding it received to improve the state's cybersecurity defenses to implement the Secretary's nationally-recognized security directives and preparedness, as well as fund state efforts to improve accessibility for voters with disabilities and to assist county boards with COVID preparation and response during the 2020 election cycle.

Among the many states that utilized HAVA grant dollars, the EAC audits between five to eight states in a given year, chosen at random. The performance audit, conducted by the CPA firm McBride, Lock and Associates, reviewed the State's allocation of these funds to ensure Ohio properly accounted for and controlled the funds and used the funds in a manner consistent with the budget plan provided to EAC.

For 2022, Ohio was the only state to receive a clean audit--no findings and no recommendations. Find the full list of the EAC Fiscal Audits of the states.

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