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Election Officials Assure Voters Electronic Voting is Secure

On Wednesday Tippecanoe County held its public test for voting machines. The equipment vendor was there to reassure voters of the machines' security.

Posted: Oct 2, 2019 6:37 PM

TIPPECANOE Co. Ind.-How we cast our votes for public office has changed with the evolution of technology.

"The public gets to see these machines and it’s interactive, said Tippecanoe county Clerk Julie Roush. “They got to test that touch screen to see if they had any problems and everything went well."

On Wednesday Tippecanoe County held its public test for voting machines. The equipment vendor was there to reassure voters of the machines' security.

"The equipment here in Tippecanoe county does not have internet capability it is not Wi-Fi compatible it is never hooked up to any network or any internet they are standalone machines," said Kyle Conrad the vendor for the voting equipment.

If you submit your ballot absentee you will cast your ballot on paper and it will be counted through a scanning mechanism. If you vote in person, you'll be using one of the electronic machines which some people don't have confidence in.

"I'm still not confident because Indiana has taken a stand about paper Ballots," Patricia Greim a voter and concerned citizen.

Voters like Greim, who has a background in electronic medical records, isn't confident that electronic voting machines are secure from hackers.

"I think that my values are not as much for ease as they are for accuracy,” added Greim. “I think that we citizens deserve to have our vote be counted accurately and tabulated accurately."

However, election officials assure voters that the machines are secure from any potential data breaches.

"I can't even get to these machines without having a member of the opposite party there with the key,” added Roush. “There are two separate keys to get into where these are locked up."

Indiana is changing its requirements in the near future too. Roush says counties will have a paper back-up in a decade.

"By the end of 2029 everybody in Indiana must have a voter paper verifiable trail,” said Roush. “Which means that the voter can see their votes before casting on a piece of paper."
County Clerk Julie Roush says all of the electronic voting machines are tested both on a state and federal level before they are able to be used on Election Day. Election Day is November 5th.

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