Tippecanoe County’s certification of its electronic poll books was held up last week because of two glitches. The laptop computers and other hardware arrived at the out-of-state testing lab on March 7, and it should have been an hourlong test to certify the e-poll book, Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey said last week before she received notification of the certification on March 12. Valerie Kroeger, communication director for the Secretary of State, said late last week that the initial test of Tippecanoe County’s equipment showed two problems. “When VSTOP (Voting Systems Technical Oversight Program) did the testing, they found two issues,” Kroeger said. “When the computer went to scan the ID, it wasn’t working. And when they went to manually look it up, it didn’t work.”
The testing lab worked with Robis Election, the Wheaton, Ill., consultant hired by the county, and the problems were corrected, and that was the delay, Kroeger said.
A law passed last year requires that electronic poll books be certified, which means that each county’s software and hardware must be put through the paces to make sure that it works properly in order to reduce the chances of voter fraud. The county retained Robis Election to help shepherd the equipment through the certification process.