Brunner Leads Discussion About Voting Machines

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Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner is meeting with elections officials and concerned voters in the near future to discuss her recommended changes to the voting process in November.

A few Ohio counties are resisting a recommendation to switch from touch-screen voting machines to paper ballots. Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has directed counties to make paper ballots available for the March primary. The ballots filled out by hand would be tabulated by computer scanners. Fulton County announced last week it would not comply. Elections officials in Union County say they don’t have the money. Franklin County is expressing concerns.

The immediate past president of the Ohio Association of Election Officials predicts there will be “widespread balking” by counties. Brunner’s directive followed a study that found touch-screen machines are not secure and vulnerable to hacking.

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