Today, October 17, 2019, Indiana Vote By Mail filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Election Commission and Secretary of State Connie Lawson for the State’s certification of direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines used in 58 of Indiana’s 92 counties.
All of us want to believe in the integrity of Indiana’s electoral process. Preserving the integrity of our elections is crucial to the survival of our democracy.
Increasingly, there is distrust of elections conducted via direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines. Many experts have issued warnings for years about all-electronic voting. And many on both sides of the aisle believe the time is now to transition expeditiously to all paper ballot elections.
DRE machines provide no paper trail for voters to ensure votes are recorded as cast or for election officials to verify votes are counted as cast.
The State plans to decertify non-voter-verified-paper-audit-trail (non-VVPAT) machines by 2030. Indiana’s plan to retro-fit DRE machines over a period of up to 10 years with a VVPAT has a high cost for taxpayers to bear and leaves many voters exposed to unverifiable voting in the interim. This long term plan shows that Indiana is not doing all that it can to ensure the integrity of our elections.
This is simply unacceptable.
Indiana can do better.
Indiana Vote By Mail believes there is a better way forward.
Here is our roadmap for safe, secure and fiscally responsible election reform resulting in all paper ballot elections in Indiana:
- Use robust vote-at-home practices adopted by other states like, Oregon (2000), Washington (2005), Colorado (2013), and Utah (2019). Many other states are rapidly moving toward these measures as well.
- Three ways for Indiana to move toward adopting vigorous standards and fiscally responsible practices for vote-at-home:
- No excuse absentee balloting
- Permanent no excuse absentee balloting
- Permitting a pilot program for counties to opt INTO robust vote-at-home practices.
Indiana Vote by Mail is ready to fight for Indiana voters to restore integrity and trust in our elections by requiring paper ballots for all voters.
Please join us today in our effort to bring meaningful election reform to Indiana and donate to our cause (below) today.
- Ballots are mailed to every registered voter prior to election
- Voter fills out ballot at home - or where convenient
- Voter can return ballot
- By postal mail
- In a secure drop box
- At a vote center, early or on election day
- Voters can choose to vote in person on election day at a vote center
- Ballots are secure and trackable throughout the process
From Colorado Public Radio
“Colorado’s processes are very good at catching attempts to commit voter fraud. We are working to improve our processes and prosecute those who break the law,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a statement.
Vote by Mail Saves Money in Colorado
From Pew Charitable Trusts Study:
"Colorado Voting Reforms: Early Results"
Costs decreased by an average of 40 percent in five election administration-related categories. The 46 (of 64) counties with data available spent about $9.56 per vote in the 2014 general election, compared withnearly $16 in 2008.
Utah Election Officials Support Vote by Mail Security
From the Deseret News:
We’re often asked questions about elections. The most common is, “How do you keep people from voting twice?” The process is set and clear. Every voter has a unique code assigned to them. Whether voting in person or by mail, we take your first submission. If a voter attempts to vote twice, we only count the first ballot that we process (and the voter will likely get a call from our County Attorney). There are no exceptions to this rule.
From Nebraska, "Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan"
Knox, Cedar and Dixon counties have switched to mail-only balloting for all of their elections. Cedar and Dixon counties made the change in December, while Knox County joined them last month.
The switch to mail-only for an entire county means all voters will decide races and ballot measures without setting foot inside a polling place.
"We have been working to update our voter registration lists and the addresses of voters," Fischer said. "Plus, we have forged a working relationship with the postal department."
Februrary 14, 2019
What Is Indiana Vote by Mail?
Indiana Vote by Mail legislation will provide Hoosiers the freedom to vote from their home or at a polling site. Just imagine, no more long voting lines or rushing through after-work traffic to get to a polling site by 6 pm. Indiana Vote by Mail provides protection against fraud and hacking—protections above and beyond Indiana’s current election system, and Indiana Vote by Mail will save Indiana taxpayers an estimated $4.4 million dollars.We are a non-partisan organization.
Hoosiers Love Colorado Vote By Mail
Former Hoosier Jan talks about how much she and her husband love voting by mail in Colorado.