Angie Nussmeyer, 317.327-5099
Indianapolis – Today the Marion County Election Board launched the Voter Experience Project, an effort to assess the current health of the county’s voting equipment and determine the best voting model to adopt for future elections.
“In the near future, Marion County will have to purchase new voting equipment,” Marion County Clerk Beth White said. “Now is the time to have an open and honest community conversation about the type of voting experience residents want on Election Day so that the Board can make the best equipment decision.”
Marion County’s fleet of aging voting equipment must be replaced as it is becoming increasingly more difficult to service the first generation machines. Additionally, current software contracts expire in 2014 and it is unclear whether or not these systems will continue to be supported by the vendor or certified by the State of Indiana. Before purchasing equipment, the Marion County Election Board must first determine the type of voting experience residents want in order to make the most responsible fiscal decision.
Indiana law permits two main types of voting – precinct-based and vote center. There is also the opportunity to take the best ideas of both methods and develop a hybrid plan that is consistent with state law. Because the purchase of voting equipment is determined by the voting method, a study group will be convened in March to assess their cost and benefits.
Once the study group summarizes their recommendations, the Election Board will convene a series of public meetings to garner additional input. All of this information will help inform the Board’s decision-making on whether or not to adopt a new voting model for the county.
The members of the study group will be announced at the March 13, 2013 Election Board meeting.