EXCLUSIVE Ohio State Secretary Frank LaRose said he “aggressively” opposes Americans voting via their mobile devices, after Apple CEO Tim Cook suggested this week that voters should be able to vote on iPhones.
In an exclusive interview with FOX Business, LaRose, head of elections in Ohio, slammed the idea as “ridiculous.”
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“Not on my watch. Not in Ohio, “LaRose said Wednesday. “I think this is a classic example of one of these, kind of elites, and I think they have a simple solution to a complex problem.”
Cook came up with the proposal this week during an interview with The New York Times, calling America’s voice infrastructure “quite vague.”
“I think we probably all have the wrong conversation about voting rights,” he said. “We should talk about the use of technology.”
“We run a bank by phone. We have our health data on phones. “We have more information on a phone about us than there is in our houses,” Cook told the Times. “And then, why not?”
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LaRose posted several reasons.
“When you make any changes related to choices, you have to have two things – you have to have competence, and you have to have confidence,” he said.
“On competency, you have to have the technological expertise to do it right,” LaRose explained. “And it may exist sometime in the near future, but it’s more complicated than people realize.”
LaRose said election officials would need to prove that the voter “is who they say they are” through multi-factor authentication “to prove that the voter in question holds the unit.”
“And then you have to separate the identity from the individual so that the individual can cast a secret ballot and not track the way they vote by some government officials, something we all really believe in,” LaRose said, adding: “It’s very difficult to do. . “
But LaRose said the “most important thing” in terms of elections is “public trust”, and the trust that “every vote is counted fairly and free from fraud and shenanigans.”
“Public trust is much more difficult and depends on technological expertise,” said LaRose.
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LaRose described the election process in Ohio and said that “every vote has a paper trail” that can be revised. LaRose spied on Ohio’s election revision to have an accuracy of 99.98%.
“The point is, we can do that because we have a paper trail,” LaRose said, adding that they do not use anything connected to the Internet to present the election results.
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“The idea of letting people use iPhones or other mobile devices to do something as important as make choices is just ridiculous,” he said.
As for Cook, LaRose said he was “sure” his “intentions are likely to be good.”
“He wants to see more participation. I want to see more participation, “LaRose said, adding that” any patriotic person “would do it.” But trying something untried, like voting on iPhones – it [could] lead to loss of self-esteem. ”
LaRose said that when people are less confident in the election process, there is lower turnout while adding that voters’ trust is “sacred.”
LaRose said his “most sacred responsibility” as head of Ohio’s election campaign is to let his voters “lie down and know it’s an honest contest,” and know that the results are “the voice of the people of Ohio who speak.”
“And certainly, we would not risk it just to try some shiny new technology,” said LaRose.
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When it comes to large technology companies in general, Republicans have criticized them for censoring conservative views.
Just this week, Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita said he was investigating Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Twitter to restrict conservative content.
“I share that concern,” LaRose said. “Because it is clear that there is a bias from many of these technology companies to the left, and the whole disruption of the cultural idea of censoring people whose opinions we disagree with is a really corrosive and dangerous thing.”
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He added: “Why would you let the same individuals have control over the election process itself? That’s why it’s a terrible idea to vote for iPhones. ”
However, LaRose said there are “many good things technology can do when it comes to driving elections.”
“I’m a big fan of embracing those things,” he said. “But when it comes to actually making choices, tabling results, which should never be connected to the internet – there should be nothing happening in an unverifiable measure.”