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Missed votes prompt new system

– A southwest Indiana county is developing a new accountability system using “archaic” methods after a discovery that thousands of votes weren’t counted in the 2012 general election.

Nearly 3,800 early votes cast in Warrick County during the 2012 general election went uncounted because of an error by an electronic voting machine technician. The lost ballots included that of county Clerk Sarah Redman, who said her top priority this year is having every vote count – even if it means using an old-fashioned system of checks and balances.

“When I say archaic, I mean old pen and paper that I want (them) to jot down. I don’t want to go by any reports that shoot out of a computer,” Redman told the Evansville Courier & Press.

The problem was discovered by a Democratic precinct leader as he cross-referenced precinct summary reports with a state voter history report. The missing votes did not affect the outcome of any elections.

Redman said she’s confident the 2012 error was an isolated event, but she isn’t taking any chances. She has proposed comparing logs from precinct polling locations, the absentee board and the canvassing board with the votes tallied by the technician.

She acknowledged that it will be challenging to get 450 poll workers across 59 precincts to do more paperwork, but she said it’s “imperative” that they do so.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has requested an independent review of Indianapolis’ MicroVote General Corp.’s report and totaling procedures. “In the future we’re going to look at all aspects together as a whole and not just put our faith in a machine,” Redman said.

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