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[SOS] Secretary of State Connie Lawson announces first ePollBooks certified for use in Indiana
Start Date: 1/29/2014 All Day
End Date: 1/29/2014
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Indiana is first in the nation with certified, tested ePollBooks

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 29, 2014) – Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today that three electronic poll book systems (ePollBooks) have been certified for use in Indiana elections. The vendors with approved ePollBooks are Decision Support, Hart InterCivic and Election Systems and Software.

 

“Indiana is the first state in the nation to develop standards for this new frontier of technology,” said Secretary Lawson. “We have become leaders in modernizing the electoral process. First, we gave every county the option to use ePollBooks and now we are protecting Hoosier voters as they sign-in by ensuring only the best quality ePollBooks are used in Indiana.”

 

The new ePollBook system is an electronic, modernized version of the traditional paper poll list, which has been used for decades.  With traditional paper poll lists, poll workers compare a voter’s ID with the names on the list before issuing a ballot. The voter then signs the list next to their name and indicates whether or not the voter’s address has changed.

 

The new ePollBooks will scan the bar code on the back of a voter’s driver’s license to permit poll workers to efficiently locate the voter’s record and to ensure the voter gets the correct ballot. The voter will then sign an electronic signature pad.

 

“The ePollBook has been used in Indiana in since the 2007 vote center pilot program,” said Secretary Lawson. “Now, all counties have the option to use ePollBooks. Statewide standards will help county officials make sure they purchase the best equipment and give Hoosier voters confidence in their counties election equipment.”

 

The Indiana standards used to test and certify the approved ePollBooks were developed by Ball State University political and computer scientists and are being considered as a model for other states. Pennsylvania and Virginia have already asked for more information about Indiana’s new standards. 

 

Information concerning all ePollBook systems that have applied for certification will be published at www.in.gov/elections as additional information becomes available.

Contact Information:
Name: Valerie Kroeger
Phone: 317-233-8655
Email: vkroeger@sos.IN.gov
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