Marion County Election Board Releases VEP Report,
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For Immediate Release 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Media Contact:

​Angie Nussmeyer, (317) 327-5117
Marion County Election Board Releases VEP Report,
Announces Public Meeting Dates

Two-part Voter Experience Project to help identify county’s future voting needs

INDIANAPOLIS – The ‘Voter Experience Project: Study Group Report,’ an in-depth review of future voting needs for the community, was presented at today’s Marion County Election Board meeting.
 
Launched in February, the Voter Experience Project is a two-step effort to explore and analyze future voting needs for Marion County. The Board convened an 18-member study group made up of political party activists, city-county partners, elected officials and community organizations as part of the first phase of the VEP. The study group met eight times over a three-month period to learn more about election administration and voting systems, culminating in a comprehensive report available online at www.indy.gov/VEP.
 
“This wide-ranging look at how Marion County votes would not be possible without the hard work and feedback of the 18-members of the Study Group,” Clerk White said. “I want to thank them for being part of this effort, and look forward to the broader community conversation this fall.”
 
Five overall themes emerged from the study group sessions: voting must be accessible and convenient; voting equipment and associated costs must be effective for short- and long-term needs; technology should be used to improve the process; voting processes should be fundamentally fair and non-discriminatory; and the public must have confidence in the system.
 
Study Group members also reached consensus that potential new voting systems must be easy to use by voters and poll workers. The current system is cumbersome, especially for many poll workers to move, assemble and perform the technological ‘boot-up’ procedure. Group members also want a system that is adaptable and flexible in a variety of voting environments, and is more accessible to voters with disabilities.
 
The next step of the VEP process is a series of public meeting to gather additional input to supplement the Study Group’s report. The dates, times and locations of these community conversations were announced today:

Sat., Sept. 21 11AM Julia Carson Government Center, 300 E Fall Creek Parkway N Dr.
Mon., Sept. 23 6PM Lawrence Township Government Center, 4455 McCoy St.
Mon., Sept. 30 6PM Perry Township Government Center, 4925 Shelby St.
Mon., Oct. 7 6PM Warren Township Government Center, 501 N. Post Rd.
Mon., Oct. 21 6PM Washington Township Government Center, 5302 N. Keystone Ave., Suite E
Mon., Oct. 28 6PM Wayne Township Government Center, 5401 W. Washington St.
 
For more information and to download a copy of the Study Group report, visit www.indy.gov/VEP.
 
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