Marion County’s Voter Experience Project to Kick-Off Tonight
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​Wednesday, March 27. 2013


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​Angie Nussmeyer, (317) 327-5099
 
​Marion County’s Voter Experience Project to Kick-Off Tonight

First phase of project to study future needs of Indianapolis voters underway

INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County Clerk Beth White will convene the first meeting of the Voter Experience Project tonight, Wednesday, March 27 at 5:30PM in the Public Assembly Room of the City-County Building.
 
Launched in February, the Voter Experience Project is an initiative of the Election Board to begin a conversation about the way the county will conduct future elections. This community-wide discussion is important as our fleet of voting equipment and technology is aging. While there are still more years of useful life to conduct fair and accurate elections, replacement parts are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. In addition, the county’s tabulation software license and maintenance agreement will expire at the end of 2014. There is no guarantee the vendor will continue to support these legacy systems.
 
“There are no scheduled elections this year, so there is no better time to begin this important discussion about how to best meet the future needs of Marion County voters,” Clerk White said. “Once completed, the county will be positioned to purchase the right kind of voting technology when it’s economically feasible to do so.”
 
The project has two phases. The first is convening a group of political party leaders, poll workers, elected officials, city-county partners and advocacy organizations to immerse themselves in basic election administration. The discussion will center on the two types of Election Day voting permitted under Indiana law – precinct or vote center. Precinct-based elections requires a person to vote in their neighborhood polling location; vote centers permit a person to vote anywhere in the county.
 
The group will learn how the two voting types impact how and where we vote, and discuss the cost and benefits of both approaches. Their findings will be presented to the Election Board in early summer. The second phase will include a series of community conversations based on the group’s conclusions, and will allow all Marion County residents to discuss the findings and share their opinion.
 
The Board invited representatives from the following organizations to be part of the study group:
• Marion County Democratic Party
• Marion County Republican Party
• Marion County Libertarian Party
• Marion County Board of Voter Registration
• Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council
• Office of Finance and Management
• Marion County IT Board
• Greater Indianapolis NAACP
• League of Women Voters of Indianapolis
• Central Indiana Council on Aging
 
Study group meetings are open to the public, and additional dates will be decided at the organization meeting. Each session will be recorded by WCTY, aired on Channel 16 and made available to view on-demand online at indy.gov/CHANNEL16.
 
For more information or to review any materials about the Marion County Election Board’s Voter Experience Project, visit www.indy.gov/VEP, email elections@indy.gov or call (317) 327-5100.