MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) – The May 7 primary election is three weeks away. Secretary of State Frank LaRose and other elections officials are touring the state to make sure they’re prepared. Secretary LaRose says all the Ohioans should be confident their votes will count this primary election.
He says the changes underway in Montgomery County are exciting and a sign of the future. This election will be the last time the county uses the old machines that were first used in 2005. This summer or fall new express machines will be used.
On Tuesday the county demonstrated how those machines operate, and how they ensure security. Secretary LaRose says voter fraud is a serious issue that needs to be monitored and that one case is too many. But he says the general public may think it’s a bigger problem than it is.
He pointed to the issue in Miami County during the last election in which more than 6,000 votes were not originally counted. He says that issue was caught and addressed immediately.
“It’s 88 county boards of elections where every day Republicans and Democrats come to work together and are truly dedicated to make sure they run a fair and accessible election. This is something that we take very seriously in Ohio and so no Ohioan should ever have a doubt that when their ballot is cast it’s going to be accurately counted.”
We also spoke with Montgomery County election officials Tuesday about the May 7th primary. They’re only expecting a single-digit turn out, which they say is disappointing. They point to these local elections as having some of the biggest impact on quality of life, and are encouraging everyone to register and vote.