Tippecanoe County has new voting machines on its mind

Tippecanoe County community members are making sure the voting equipment is fast and factual.

Posted: Mar 9, 2020 11:27 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2020 11:35 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) -- Tippecanoe County community members are making sure the voting equipment is fast and factual.

That's what they said they want during the voting process, which they were able to try out Monday at the County Building from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Election consultants and vendors were also present to help the public through their voting machines. 

County Clerk Julie Roush was also in the room making sure people had their voices heard.

"Simple as touching," said Jay Perbix.

Perbix is an election consultant. He helped community members through the voting process with his comapny's machines.

"You can swipe it just like an iPad and such," said Perbix.

"This is a vast improvement," said Mark Howells.

Howells lives in Greater Lafayette and will vote in Tippecanoe County.

"Touch screen is fine as long as it prints out a piece of paper that the voter can look at and go these are my choices," said Howell.

There were several choices of voting machines the public could test out.

Howells said he likes having a physical copy of his vote.

"I like the idea of a paper ballot," said Howell. "Anything with a paper trail where the voter can actually look at the ballot see the choices they made before it's cast."

Perbix showed News 18 and community members how to use the voting machine. 

"Once you hit vote, when you are comfortable with everything, on your way out walk up to the scanner; can go in any four orientations, slide it in and at that point it is tabulated," said Perbix.

Perbix said it is impossible to vote incorrectly on his company's machines.

The final vote is not cast until you have the paper ballot and put it into the machine.

"You look at that piece of paper before it goes into the machines," said Howells. "There's your votes."

Many voters are worried about consistency and efficiency during the voting process.

County Clerk Julie Roush said all the machines are tested and approved by the state.

"They test all these machines," said Roush. "They look at security, usability, they are looking at efficiency. They are making sure they following a very stringent testing."

She said many states look up to Indiana's voting procedures and explained the mindset of Tippecanoe County voters.

"We want our voters to feel confident in our system," said Roush. "Because if you deter people, if they feel like their vote does not matter, their vote is not marking the way they want it to even though it may not be true, they are not going to come out and vote. We want people to come out and vote."

The community said it would love new voting machines.

Roush said she and her team are highly considering new voting machines but cost is an issue.

Primary Election Day is May 5th, 2020. 

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