Indiana secretary of state

The Indiana Election Commission recently approved the first paper backups for electronic voting machines.

But it could take up to a decade before such equipment is available to every county that needs it.

Connie Lawson Re-elected Secretary Of State

Nov 6, 2018

Republican incumbent Connie Lawson will remain Indiana’s Secretary of State another four years. Republicans have held the seat for the last 24 years.

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Republican incumbent Connie Lawson shouldn’t accept campaign donations from auto dealers. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Republican incumbent Connie Lawson shouldn’t accept campaign donations from auto dealers. 

The campaign from the Indiana Secretary of State uses television, radio, and print ads to urge people to register to vote by the state’s Oct. 9 deadline. (Indiana Secretary of State's office)
Brandon Smith

New ads from the Indiana Secretary of State’s office seek to reassure Hoosiers about election security.

Indiana Democrat Calls For Enhanced Election Security

Jul 30, 2018
Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Jim Harper says Hoosiers should be concerned about election security this year.

The Indiana Election Commission denied a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
Brandon Smith

The Indiana Election Commission denied Tuesday a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. 

Hoosiers Warned About Voter Participation Letter

May 4, 2018
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Jill Sheridan

People across Indiana are contacting the Secretary of States office to report they’ve received letters that claim to be voting record audits. 

The letter from the “Indiana State Voter Report Program” lists voter information on past participation as well as that of friends and neighbors.  

Indiana has restrictions on voter participation records, only providing it to political parties and legislative caucuses.  

Courtesy Indiana Office of Secretary of State

Indiana’s Secretary of State says the federal Department of Homeland Security accessed the state’s electoral system without Indiana’s permission before and after November’s presidential election. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports.

In an article in The Daily Caller – a news website founded by Fox News personality Tucker Carlson – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says officials with the federal agency scanned the state’s electoral system nearly 15,000 times. 

Virtual Real Estate Scam Leads To Arrest

Apr 14, 2015
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A first-of-its kind case that was filed with the Secretary of State’s office has led to the arrest of a Pennsylvania man on allegations he was running a virtual land scam.

Josh Bills is accused of scamming a Morgan County woman out of more than 50-thousand dollars in the online game "Second Life," a virtual world where users use real money to purchase, land, goods, and other items.

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Arguably the most attention the Secretary of State’s office has received in the last four years was for the voter fraud scandal that ousted Charlie White, the Republican who won the seat in 2010.

Former state Senator Connie Lawson, R-Indianapolis, was appointed to the position two and half years ago.

Lawson is seeking re-election this year and says she’s not focused on Charlie White.

“From day one, my focus was to make sure that our office, the Secretary of State’s office was the most open, honest, responsive and accountable in the state,” Lawson says.

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