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New Money For Needed Voting Machines Unlikely In 2020

Dec 27, 2019

It’s unlikely the General Assembly will give counties more money in the 2020 session for new voting machines.

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West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis garnered three-quarters of the vote in this week’s election, propelling him to a fourth term in office. Barring unforeseen circumstances, it’ll make him the second-longest-serving chief executive in the city’s history. And in his next four years, there are a number of projects to complete. This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we check in on the Chauncey Hill Mall, Morton Center and others.

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It’s unlikely Tippecanoe County will have new election machines to use in the 2020 election.

Election Board Chairman Randy Vonderheide calls it “very unlikely” machines can be purchased, certified and made compatible with existing e-pollbook software before the end of the year.

County Clerk Julie Roush says Indiana law mandates each county to take those steps by the end of the year preceding an election. So the deadline for the 2020 presidential cycle would be December 31, 2019.

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The outgoing Tippecanoe County clerk says there’s no recourse for voters whose votes, cast at a West Lafayette supermarket over the weekend, may have been switched because of machine error.

Several voters – eight so far, by Christa Coffey’s count – reported clicking boxes next to the names of Democratic candidates and having those votes show up instead for Republicans running in the same race.

Some voters were able to change the votes before they were officially cast, but there’s no telling how many voters may simply not have noticed.

Samantha Horton / WBAA News

As WBAA set up its mini-golf conversations about this year’s local elections, every single candidate responded in some way. Unfortunately, not every one chose to participate. The sheriff’s candidates got together after their one formal debate and decided they’d forego golfing. Both clerk candidates initially questioned the format, but only one of them could be persuaded to putter around the course.

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