August 22, 2022
By The Marietta Times Editorial Board
Plenty of states brag about their secure, by-the-book elections and how well their elections officials stick to the rules. On at least one count, Ohio is the only state with room to brag, as it was the only state to receive a full clean audit, with no findings or recommendations, in the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s assessment of states’ use of federal grants received under the Help America Vote Act.
No other state conducted itself as well in administering the grants, which in the Buckeye State were meant to improve cybersecurity defenses, fund efforts to improve accessibility for those with disabilities and assist county election boards with COVID preparation before the 2020 election cycle.
“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,” Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose said. “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.”
He is right to be proud of his office. Taxpayers should be, too.
“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,” the Inspector General of the EAC reported.
What a shame that it is so noteworthy for a government body to have conducted itself in this manner.
Nevertheless, those at the Ohio Secretary of State’s office who did so are to be commended. Well done.
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