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BY: Haris Alic
The Democratic nominee in the special election for Ohio's 12th Congressional District has made his efforts to "safeguard" America's election system an integral part of his campaign, despite his record casting doubt on his expertise and commitment on the matter.
Danny - O'Connor - Service - Franklin - County
Danny O'Connor cites his service on Franklin County's Data Processing Board, where he serves as the county's recorder, as proof that he is a leader capable of finding solutions to pressing problems.
Shortly after announcing his candidacy for Congress in February, O'Connor submitted a letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch, arguing in favor of legislation before the Ohio General Assembly that would create an automatic voter-registration system. In his letter, the candidate urged legislators to take steps to "safeguard" the voting system to ensure elections are "free and fair."
Americans - Right - Privilege - Responsibility - O'Connor
"As Americans, our right to vote is a privilege and a responsibility," O'Connor wrote. "We need to take that responsibility seriously, ensure that our elections are free and fair, and safeguard our voting system."
O'Connor cited his service and responsibilities on the Data Processing Board to show how "seriously" he viewed the issue.
Franklin - County - Recorder - Member - Franklin
"As Franklin County recorder and a member of the Franklin County Data Processing Board, I take these issues very seriously," he wrote. "There is more we need to do to make our elections more secure."
The processing board, which meets once a month, is responsible for overseeing any fiscal expenses made in support of data and information technology services for Franklin County. It is chaired by the Franklin County auditor and works to ensure county agencies are not misusing taxpayer funds.
Capacity - Initiatives - County - Board - Elections
It does not have a supervisory capacity over initiatives proposed or undertaken by the county board of elections. Furthermore, the board of elections is only 1 of 40 government agencies the data board has fiscal oversight over and even...
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