LIMA — Starting in January, local political candidates and committees can now file election finance reports through an online portal directly to each county’s board of election, which will consequently increase public transparency.
Prior to the move, local campaign information had to be pulled individually from each county board of election typically through a public records request. Online access will make the data more easily accessible and allow interested individuals — such as journalists, students and researchers — to find it online, Secretary of State Frank LaRose said in a press release.
“It’s more efficient for local candidates and their treasurers, but perhaps more important than that is that it makes local campaign finance more transparent,” LaRose said. “… In 2021 we expect that kind of transparency, and that’s exactly what you get with this new system.”
Those interested in the new portal can find it at https://boefile.ohiosos.gov/.