Senate Bill 357 would get rid of electronic voting machines by the end of 2015, and its proposal caught Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey’s eye and her ire. All of those relatively new and expensive electronic voting machines Tippecanoe County taxpayers bought to avoid an incident similar to Florida’s 2000 presidential election would have to be scrapped under the bill, Coffey said. “I have concerns to the cost to change all our equipment to comply with that legislation,” Coffey said. … The bill’s author, state Sen. Mike Delph, said the bill isn’t going anywhere. Its sole purpose was to stir up a debate about electronic voting machines and election integrity. “I’m concerned that election outcomes could be manipulated,” Delph said Thursday afternoon during a telephone interview.
“I didn’t introduce it with the expectation to go anywhere.” Delph wanted to start a public discussion about how easy it might be to thwart the will of the people with electronic machines, where as with paper ballots, election fraud is more difficult.
There are, for example, a limited number of venders for these machines and a limited number of election officials. Not that they would, but they could, conspire to swing an election outcome by subtly reprogramming voting machines.
“I’m not suggesting that anybody is doing that,” Delph said. “I’m still concerned about the ability of an individual or group of individuals to tamper with the will of the people.”