Indiana Democrats want to replace the state’s voting machines, all in the name of election security. The nonpartisan nonprofit Verified Voting created a map of the myriad of equipment that will be used in Indiana counties on Nov. 6. Marion County and Vigo County will use paper ballots. Others will use use a mix of electronic and paper machines. Most counties, including Allen and Vanderburgh, are all electronic. Indiana’s Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said he wants all of Indiana’s 92 counties to use voting machines that leave a paper trail.
Zody said from the party’s headquarters, “Today, I’m calling on Secretary of State Connie Lawson to take quick and decisive action to assist counties with replacing machines with an audit-able system, before the Nov. 6, 2018, election. It’s possible because Virginia did it last year.”
Two weeks ago, Lawson, a Republican, said the state’s voting machines can handle hackers or cyberattacks because the machines are not connected to the internet.
But, Zody said, the security issue comes from how your vote is counted.
“Every voter needs to know the right they have is protected. Both in the process of exercising that right, as well as in the accounting of it. That is currently not the case,” the Democrat chairman said.
Zody added, “If there’s not an audit-able trail, there’s a potential problem with whether that machine could break down or be compromised. If you don’t have that second step, that paper trail, that’s all done electronically. There’s no way I can say ‘Something didn’t go (right) or let’s check the work on this machine, that’s the issue.”