Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose and some of his staff attended a training on cybersecurity with Portage County Board of Elections staff on Friday.
The visit by LaRose, a Hudson native who took office in January, was part of his goal to visit every elections board in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. So far, he has visited a little more than a quarter of those local offices.
While he was in Portage, he took a look at the machine used to tabulate election results, which was replaced after a “catastrophic failure” of a tabulating machine after the November 2015 election.
LaRose keyed in on voter confidence, saying that people should be confident their elections are secure.
“We all have to be concerned about cybersecurity, but there are some really robust safety initiatives,” he said. “The machines used to count the election results is never connected to the internet. People