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Vanderburgh County Receives New Voting Machines Ahead of Election

The new machines replace ones that were used by Vanderburgh County since 2004.

Posted: Aug 19, 2020 7:17 AM
Updated: Aug 20, 2020 2:03 PM

Folks voting in-person this fall in Vanderburgh County will be voting behind new machines.

Vanderburgh County Clerk Carla Hayden announced Tuesday that the first of the Unisyn OpenElection FreedomVote Tablets have arrived ahead of the election.  This machine will be used for training and demostration purposes.

The new machines will replace the iVotronic, a paperless voting system that Vanderburgh County had been using since 2004.

Big difference from previous years:  Voters will print out a paper ballot after making selections on a touch-screen.  The ballot will not be counted until it is placed into a ballot box.  According to Hayden, this will give the voter a chance for a final review of whom they voted for before they make their vote count.

The machines cost the county over 2-million-dollars from a Election Security grant.

"If we had to rely on local funding for this purchase, it would have been cost prohivitive," Hayden said.

"When I became clerk, one of my goals was to bring new voting machines with a voter vertified paper audit trail to the voters of Vanderburgh County."

The machine will be available for demostrations at the Vanderburgh County Election Office, located in Room 216 of the Civic Center.

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