State Sen. Frank LaRose, R-Hudson, has updated his legislation that would provide funding to replace Ohio’s aging voting equipment. Under LaRose’s proposal, counties will be given a fixed amount of funding based on the number of registered voters to help with the startup costs associated with buying new machines.
The funding breakdown would be:
• Counties with zero to 19,000 registered voters will be given a base amount of $205,000
• Counties with 20,000 to 99,999 registered voters will be given a base amount of $250,000
• Counties with 100,000-plus registered voters will be given $406,000
• Remaining funds will then be distributed on a per registered voter basis.
Of the $114.5 million allocation, $10 million would be general revenue funding reimbursement for counties that have already purchased new machines.