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Indiana Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper was in West Lafayette today to talk about his concerns about election safety.

Posted: Jul. 24, 2018 5:31 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Indiana Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper was in West Lafayette today to talk about his concerns about election safety.

The Democratic candidate said one of the biggest threats to Indiana voters comes from foreign hackers. Harper also wants to see a larger voter turnout.

A paper trail is a paper vote or a reciept of an electronic vote that auditors can compare to the electronic vote results. Indiana is one of 13 states that do not require a paper trail.

Harper hopes it would help mitigate the tampering of votes. "We have to make sure that for every ballot that a Hoosier voter casts, that there is a voter verified paper trail. Either a paper ballot that you fill out, or if you want to use a computer system that's fine, but it should have something the voter can see that confirms who he or she voted for," said Harper. 

"Indiana recently got an F from national organization when it comes to election security. It's a big concern this year and it's absolutely critical that voters are confident that their votes are going to be properly tabulated," added Harper.

Harper believes revamping voting security in Indiana could be accomplished before this November's election.

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