Rep. Arndt Votes To Provide Funding For Updated Voting Equipment Throughout Ohio
Senate Bill 135 joins slate of 28 bills passed by Ohio House in today's session
 
 

COLUMBUS—State Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation to provide funding to assist counties in upgrading their outdated voting equipment. Members of the Ohio House yesterday favorably passed a slate of bills that impact constituents of the 89th House District, ensuring that the House is committed to getting back to work and focused on meaningful legislation.


Senate Bill 135 will allocate $114.5 million to counties—via a fixed amount based on the number of registered voters in each county—to help with the startup costs associated with purchasing new machines. These funds will help counties replace elections equipment that is more than ten years old, as most of Ohio’s machines were purchased in 2005 and 2006.


The funding break down for counties is as follows:


• Counties with 0-19,000 registered voters will be given a base amount of $205,000
• Counties with 20,000-99,999 registered voters will be given a base amount of $250,000
• Counties with 100,000+ registered voters will be given $406,000
• The remaining funds will then be proportionally distributed on a per registered voter basis


“When Ohioans go to vote, they should be confident that their vote will be cast on a secure and reliable voting machine,” said Rep. Arndt. “Today, I was proud to stand with my colleagues and vote to support this legislation that will provide funding for much needed voting machines.”


Of this funding, $10 million will be general revenue funding for reimbursement of counties which have already purchased new machines, an appropriation that must be approved through the Controlling Board. The remaining funds will then be used to help counties that will be purchasing machines in the near future.


Senate Bill 135 also requires the establishment of a bipartisan advisory committee tasked with providing input throughout the process. Steps will be made throughout the entire process to ensure transparency.


As amended in the House Finance Committee, Senate Bill 135 will now go back to the Senate for concurrence.


 

 
 
 
  
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Rep. Arndt Supports Changes To Bill Aimed At Updating Voting Machines In Ohio

 
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State Representative Steve Arndt (R-Port Clinton) joined Rep. Bill Blessing (R-Colerain Township) and Senator Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) to propose changes to Senate Bill 135, which provides funding to assist counties in upgrading their outdated voting equipment.