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Elections Chief Urges Voters To Be "Thoughtful Consumers Of Information"

Voters fill the Franklin County Board of Elections to cast an early ballot.
Karen Kasler
Voters fill the Franklin County Board of Elections to cast an early ballot.

Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose is warning voters to be vigilant when they come across information regarding politics and government on social media, he says misinformation remains a top priority in the fight against elections meddling. 

LaRose says Ohio’s elections system -- the casting and tabulation of votes -- is secure.

He spoke on the issue of cyber security and elections after recently receiving a classified briefing from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

What’s still concerning to LaRose is the fake information that meddlers and bots spread through social media and other digital platforms. With that looming threat, LaRose urges voters to be more thoughtful consumers of information.

“When they receive information from a credentialed credible news organization like yourself that’s information that they can take to the bank. But just because it’s on Facebook or Twitter or somebody sent it to them in an email doesn’t mean it’s true,” says LaRose.

LaRose supports SB52 to create the Ohio Cyber Reserve which would, among other things, conduct post-election audits.

Copyright 2019 The Statehouse News Bureau

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.