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.