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Indiana Secretary of State conducting investigation into Election Day issues in Johnson County

Posted: 9:34 AM, Dec 12, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-12 17:37:09Z

JOHNSON COUNTY — The Indiana Secretary of State's office is investigating issues that slowed down the voting process on Election Day in Johnson County.

The issues began the morning of Election Day in Johnson and other Indiana counties. The problem was with activating a ballot for the voter, not the actual voting machines. The voting system the county used was called ES&S, a company from Omaha, Nebraska.

The issues never affected a person's actual vote, just the process for checking a person in, according to the election board.

Valerie Warycha, the deputy chief of staff and communications director for the Secretary of State's office, said the office is "gathering information and conducting interviews with the parties involved to determine the root cause of the problem." The Secretary of State's office is tasked with oversight of state elections.

A spokesperson for ES&S released the following statement, apologizing for the problems on Nov. 8:

ES&S looks forward to fully cooperating with the Secretary of State’s office. We again apologize to voters and to elections officials in the counties in Indiana where a poll book issue during the first part of election day caused longer wait times than normal. While the issue was resolved on election day, we know some wait times were not acceptable and we look forward to answering any questions regarding the situation. 

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