Tippecanoe County holds mock election, tests voting machines

Tippecanoe County held a mock election on September 23rd at the county fairgrounds. It was used as a time to try new voting machines as well as register voters.

Posted: Sep 23, 2021 11:57 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Inside the Tippecanoe county fairgrounds on Sept. 23 prospective voters were getting their first glimpse at the new machines. The machines will make it easier to cast a ballot and will provide more security. 

With a line stretching out the door, Tippecanoe County clerk Julie Roush was pleased.

"We really wanted a turnout and people are coming as you can see they're coming in, I'm happy for that because I want them to get a chance to get used to the new equipment," Roush said.

The machines have what's called "VVPAT", or voter verifiable paper audit trail. It means the voter can see on a physical piece of paper what exactly their voting for.

"Well this way we're hoping this will build the confidence of the voters to know that this is how they are... this is how they are voting, this is how it's going to tabulate," Roush said.

These machines also do away with touch screens. Instead, voters will need to press physical buttons. Former county government worker and league of women's voters member Sallie Fahey says it's something she's been looking forward to.

"They are much improved over the old system, I like the system, there's no touch screen, I think the touch screen could be problematic," Fahey said.

Moreover, she thinks the physical paper trail will encourage more people to vote.

"I hope that it leads to more people feeling like they can vote, because voting isn't just a privilege in my opinion, it's also a responsibility," Fahey said.

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