On the same day that Tippecanoe County Clerk Christa Coffey’s grousings about the tedious electronic poll book certification process appeared in print, the lab testing the equipment OK’d the county’s election hardware. It’s not because of the media attention, she said. Her frustration stemmed from the fact that the county’s two models of computers that needed to be certified as capable of running the election software had been at the testing lab since Friday. She told the Election Board on Tuesday that it was a one-hour test, and it still hadn’t been completed. “It had been at the lab since Friday, so I’m not sure where the delay came in,” Coffey said. “(I received confirmation) yesterday afternoon that our two laptops that we use were approved for use and all the hardware — the four-port USB hub (and barcode scanner).”
The certification process, which became state law last year, required that an independent lab test the specific models of computers and their interaction of the software, as well as accessing other information that is needed when people check in to vote.
Coffey had been concerned that the criteria for certification weren’t completed until the fall and counties could not begin certification process until after the first of the year. These delays, Coffey said, put the county up against a tight election deadline.