Indiana’s governor is asking for $10 million to improve election security. Most of that would upgrade electronic touch screens with what’s called a voter verifiable ballot. That’s essentially a traditional paper ballot in case questions come up later. The $10 million request made by Governor Holcomb is part of a pilot program. It would initially pay for a few counties to use the new system. The hope is that the voter verifiable ballot would eventually be used by all Indiana counties. “This is much needed and is a start as we move towards that upgrade that is going to happen over the next several years,” said Chris Anderson, Elkhart county clerk.
In some cases, it could involve a complete new touch screen voting machine or an upgrade to an existing system.
It creates a printed, paper ballot after a voter has made their selections.
“A paper ballot some sort is printed,” said Anderson. “The voter can then examine that to make a determination that ‘Yes, I have voted. These are the selections that I have made, then that is what is tabulated,’ and those are the votes that are then counted.”