Indianapolis – Marion County Clerk Doris Anne Sadler today announced the formation of the Marion County Election Review Task Force, a bipartisan unit which will seek opportunities to improve current election processes.
“Between now and November’s general election, this task force will be examining ways where we can enhance and augment current practices and formulate new, more effective methods of running our elections,” Sadler said. Sadler formed the task force as part of her declaration to improve the quality of Marion County’s elections after ballot shortages occurred in approximately eight out of 914 precincts during the May 4 primary.
Members of the task force will include former Congressman Andy Jacobs (Democrat), who as part of his 30 years of service to the United States congress, helped author the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965, guaranteeing to everyone access to the polls on Election Day – regardless of race, language or reading abilities.
Other members are Lawrence Township Assessor Paul Ricketts (Republican), president of both the state and Marion County Township Assessor’s associations and chair of the Information Technology Board of Indianapolis/Marion County; third term City-County Councilor Steve Talley (Democrat), chair of the Metropolitan Development Committee and member of the Administration and Finance and Public Safety and Criminal Justice committees; and Wendy Orange (Republican), former Marion County Election Board Administrator and former project manager for Election Systems and Software, who will serve as the committee’s technical advisor.
“It is especially important for this task force to have equal representation from both sides of the political arena. Each member will offer a unique and expert viewpoint on our election procedures. The voters of Marion County should know we are working diligently to ensure problems like the ones encountered last Tuesday will not happen again,” said Sadler.
Sadler said she plans to work with the task force in an advisory capacity and was still awaiting word confirming involvement of two other potential members. A final announcement will be made once the task force roster is complete.