Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) issued the below statement about the just-introduced capital budget bill. Voting machine funding is not included in the bill as introduced.

“Voting machines are a crucial part of our state infrastructure, especially in this era of advanced attacks on our democracy by foreign actors. Ohio was one of several states targeted by a Russian government operation in the 2016 presidential election and federal officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have said the attackers are not letting up. There is an urgent need to get Ohio prepared for ongoing, intensifying cyber threats.

“I would like to see funding for our counties to purchase secure voting machines in the capital budget bill. Despite bipartisan calls for such funding to be included in the bill, funds are not in the bill as introduced. I am working on an amendment to the bill to include needed funding to protect our democracy from any and all attacks and I urge bipartisan cooperation on this urgent matter.”

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