Secretary of State Holli Sullivan helps Tippecanoe County get new voting equipment

The new voting equipment will provide paper ballot backups for voters at the polls. The new equipment is expected to be used in the 2022 election.

Posted: Jul 15, 2021 12:41 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)-Indiana Secretary of State Holli Sullivan stopped by Tippecanoe County today. Her visit was part of her 92 county tour of Indiana. While she was in Lafayette she met Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush. Secretary Sullivan helped Tippecanoe County secure new voting equipment. Along with helping out Tippecanoe County she has also started a program to confirm that voters' addresses are up to date by sending out postcards to people's homes.

"When voters get that postcard in their mailbox they should check the information that it is your voter registration information," said Secretary Sullivan.  "Make sure your name is correct especially if there is a suffix also check your address."

If the card is sent back to the secretary of state's office with an incorrect address, it will look for a different forwarding address. This is why it's important for you to update your voter registration with the most current information; otherwise, you could be asked questions the next time you go to vote. You can make those changes by clicking here.

"They are then put into a classification as an active voter but we have them in a segment of our list where we ask for voter-verified information the next time they show up at their polling place," said Secretary Sullivan.

Secretary Sullivan also helped Tippecanoe County obtain grant money to upgrade its voting equipment which will now give voters a paper ballot back up at the polls.

"The biggest difference is that it has a Vpad which means a voter-verifiable paper trail so that people have a paper proof of what they voted for," said Tippecanoe County Clerk Julie Roush

As for the future of election laws, secretary Sullivan supports states continuing to control how they are handled.

"We enjoyed a very successful election in 2020 with the highest voter turnout in the state of Indiana since 1992," said Secretary Sullivan.  "We had a very safe and secure election and as Hoosiers left the polls in their polling locations across this great state, they had confidence that their vote counted and that it was counted quickly we did a great job here in Indiana."

Secretary Sullivan says she noticed some Hoosiers have concerns over absentee voting ballot requests. She says there was confusion in 2020 when some people received an absentee ballot request form when they didn't ask for one. She hopes to address that concern to keep Hoosiers confident in the election system strong.

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