Why Critics Say Indiana Isn’t Doing Enough To Beef Up Election Security

A big upgrade of voting machines is taking place around the state, but it won’t be finished before the 2020 election, when Hoosiers will choose a president, governor and other down ballot candidates.

Some Hoosier voters worry their votes aren’t protected, and critics say a larger effort to safeguard votes is needed from the state.  

There are two types of machines for counties to use during elections in Indiana: Direct Record Electronic (DREs) and Optical Scans, which utilize a paper ballot.

Valerie Warycha, the Indiana Deputy Chief of Staff says the state is providing four DRE counties — Bartholomew, Boone, Hamilton, and Hendricks — with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) by 2020. A VVPAT is a device that attaches to the machine and prints out a paper copy of an individual vote that can be reviewed in the course of an election audit.

A law that went into effect in July requires all counties to use voting machines that provide a paper trail audit by the beginning of 2030.

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