JC Clerk Mary Kilgore; Su Clark of Election Systems and Software; and Election Board member Johnnie Reynolds make sure the machine tallies for each candidate matches what was voted. The public test for the voting machines went off perfectly, agreed all concerned, and should put to rest any concerns about vote fraud.—Staff Photo by Barbara King
Absentee apps sent by IN Demos OK
They were bad but now are good.
Those absentee ballot applications sent out by the state Democratic Party and ruled invalid because of missing legal language have now been okayed by Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
According to JC Clerk Mary Kilgore, Secretary Lawson "felt it was in the best interest of the voters to do this." Apparently so many of the absentee applications were returned that it would have caused lots of headaches in the state's 92 counties as well as confusion and perhaps even disenfranchisement of some voters had the invalidation been left to stand.
Here in Jennings, about 50 of the faulty applications were eventually returned to the Election Office.
So if you returned the state Democratic mailing requesting an absentee ballot, you do not have to worry.
The required public test of voting machines went off without a hitch Sept. 27. Su Clark of Election Systems and Software ran the test and explained the test is designed to prove "what you are voting on is the (actual) vote."
Three machines were tested, with a dozen or so pre-marked and recorded ballots inserted in each. Each machine's tape was then compared with the record to make sure tallies were correct.
And they all were.
There is no way local votes could be hacked, Clark explained, as 1) paper ballots are used and inserted into the machines where they are stored intact; and 2) there is no internet connection on any of the machines.
The only time there could possibly be an issue is when the local results are sent via email to the Indiana Secretary of State office.
This reassured GOP Election Board rep Larry Greathouse who was sitting in for the regular member.
"I'm gonna sleep like a baby tonight," Greathouse said.