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May 6 Snapshot: Indiana PDF  | Print |  Email
By Verified Voting Foundation   
April 28, 2008
The May 6 primaries in Indiana and North Carolina will present markedly pictures of election security. In North Carolina, the Presidential race will be audited by a post-election hand count of paper ballots or voter-verifiable paper records. State law requires such records on all voting systems. Indiana does not yet have a law requiring voter-verified paper records or voter-marked paper ballots. A majority of votes in the May 6 primary will be cast on paperless electronic machines that cannot be properly audited, and some votes will be cast on optically scanned paper ballots. There will be no post-election audit.

Indiana early voting began on April 7. According to the Secretary of State's office, there are 4,315,908 registered voters in the state as of April 25. Voters in Indiana are required to present a photo ID at the polls, under a law which has just been upheld by the Supreme Court.

48 counties, with over 46% of the voters in the state, use DRE systems from Microvote General Corporation. Microvote and the Indiana Secretary of State are still in a legal dispute over voting systems that did not meet Indiana certification requirements but which were sold to Indiana counties for use in the 2006 general election.  According to the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, the Secretary of State took action this month to collect more than $360,000 in fines over the uncertified equipment. An administrative law judge recommended last month that Microvote be barred from selling or marketing equipment in Indiana for five years. In 2006 ES&S, which provides equipment to 27 counties with almost 1.5 million voters, agreed to pay $750,000 in fines for uncertified software, missed deadlines, and poor service.

A summary of voting systems used in Indiana:
  • 58% of the state's voters live in counties which use only paperless DREs at the polls on election day. 57 counties, with over 2.5 million voters, fall into this category. In at least some of the counties, paper ballots are an option in early voting. 1.3 million voters, about 30% of the voters in the state, live in the 29 blended-system counties, in which optically scanned paper ballots are the most widely used voting method. About 12% of the voters live in the 6 counties that use ES&S optical scanners with the AutoMARK ballot-marking device for accessibility.
  • In 3 counties, with over 110,000 voters, the Premier/Diebold TS touch screen is the exclusive polling-place system. In 24 counties, with over 630,000 voters, the Microvote Infinity touch screen DRE is the polling place system. 24 counties, with over 1.3 million voters, use the push-button Microvote 464 as the primary polling place system, with the Microvote Infinity used for accessibility. 6 counties, with over 407,000 voters, use the ES&S iVotronic touch screen.
  • 13 counties used blended optical scan/DRE systems from Premier/Diebold. There are over 280,000 voters in these counties. 3 counties with 740,000 voters use the ES&S M100 precinct-count optical scanner as the primary system, with the iVotronic available for accessibility. This includes Marion County, with over 652,000 voters. Marion County's Clerk's office confirms that only paper ballots are used in early voting.
  • 12 counties, with over 270,000 voters will use the ES&S Optech IIIP Eagle precinct optical scanner, and the iVotronic for accessibility. One county, Cass, uses Hart Intercivic's eScan/eSlate blended system.
  • 6 counties, with over 500,000 voters, will use only optical scan systems at the polls, with the AutoMARK used for accessibility.

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