Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner on Tuesday unveiled secure voting machine delivery instructions for all Ohio counties. The directive transitions counties away from storing voting machines in poll worker's homes, work places or automobiles before an election.

Counties will receive financial assistance for the cost of implementing the directive. Funds will be distributed before the Nov. 4, 2008 election. The requirements draw on security best practices developed with a bipartisan group of state and local elections officials, extending those requirements to the days before an election.

"We have adopted security best practices for every step of the voting process, including the critical days leading up to an election. As we prepare for success on November 4, 2008, we are working to assist every Ohio county in their transition to secure voting machine delivery," Brunner said.

After listening to concerns of Ohio local election officials, Brunner developed and issued these statewide best practices for secure voting machine delivery to ensure that voting machines work as intended and provide an accurate vote count.

Counties realizing added costs as a result of the Secretary's directive are to be reimbursed for voting machine transport, use of tamper seals with unique identifiers and leasing of regional, secure locations. Boards may develop regional locations within their counties for voting machines to be stored and dispensed on election morning to poll workers. The directive also calls for bipartisan oversight of machine distribution documentation.

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