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DATA ACT INCREASES OHIO TRANSPARENCY SCORE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2023

 

DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Voter Reference Foundation (VRF) announced that Ohio’s election transparency score has increased as it celebrates the passage of the Data Act.

 

Ohio’s score has increased by eight points for adding a last activity date, historical records and archives, and standard definitions for the election data.

Senate Bill 71, the DATA Act – which establishes the Office of Data Analytics and Archives within the Secretary of State’s Office — has been signed into law.

States are scored based on several broad categories: accuracy of the data, completeness of records, and accessibility of information. The states are ranked here. A more detailed explanation of the methodology used is here.

 

Each state is given a score ranging from 0 to 100. Ohio is now among the most transparent states with a score of 92.

Figure 1 (Ohio’s score)

“Ohio’s persistent commitment to election integrity has increased their data transparency score,” said President of Voter Reference Foundation Gina Swoboda. “Ohio is a model for other states to increase their transparency.”

 

“Great job to everyone who worked to make Ohio’s elections more transparent for the people.”

 

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About Voter Reference Foundation and VoteRef.com:

Voter Reference Foundation was created by Restoration Action, an educational 501c4 organization founded by West Point graduate and successful entrepreneur Doug Truax. A former U.S. Senate candidate in Illinois, Truax is deeply interested in election integrity, as expressed in this 2021 op-ed in American Greatness and 2022 follow-up op-ed in Real Clear Politics.

VoteRef.com is a permanent reference source where the voter rolls will be stored and updated for review with each election. Those who access the website can search by name or address for registered voters. They also will be able to examine voter histories — a list of elections that voters participated in, as well as other important election data obtained via official sources.