Secretary of State teams with Homeland Security to prevent election fraud

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — “There’s no risk of rigging an election in Franklin County.” That’s what the Director of the Franklin County Board of Elections had to say Tuesday, the last day to register to vote in Ohio.

To ensure no one can hack the system, for the first time the state is working with the Department of Homeland Security as well as the FBI and National Guard.

Wednesday early voting begins in the state and election officials said your vote will count.

State and county election officials said they’re doing everything possible to ensure a fair, safe and efficient election, but people registering Tuesday still had doubts.

 “There’s a lot of trust issues in the government,” said Columbus resident Alyssa Bond.

“Technology isn’t perfect and if there’s a loophole someone will find it and someone will use it unfortunately to cheat to get what they want,” said Columbus resident Michael Ward.

The Department of Homeland Security is now monitoring the state’s election system to identify and fix any vulnerabilities.

“I can’t get into specifics but I can say that we’ve been in regular conversations with the Department of Homeland Security we’ve been working with the military to try and make sure our networks are as secure as possible,” said Joshua Eck with the Secretary of State’s office.

 Eck said cyber-security has been a top concern for years.

“We have been working very hard in Ohio to make it a place that it is easy to vote and hard to cheat,” he said.

In Franklin County your vote is recorded three different ways– on a hard drive maintained by the Board of Elections, a flash drive in the voting machine and paper tape.

“When they press the button they can actually look at the tape to make sure that the candidate they selected is the one chose because they see it on that paper tape,” said Ed Leonard with the Franklin County Board of Elections

 It’s too late to register now, but to check your voting status, find your polling location or track your absentee ballot go to provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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