MicroVote got its certification, allowing counties to use its machines for Tuesday’s primary elections. Reading the articles in the Courier Press and elsewhere, I get the sense that the certification was granted, not because the Indiana Election Commission was certain of the company’s software, but because there was a deadline and things would get complicated if the certification was not granted.
On a separate note, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita said Friday he would determine fines for another large election machine vendor – Election Systems & Software – at a May 8 meeting.
Rokita’s office has cited ES&S for 30 violations in a complaint and can now fine the company, which provides the election system in Vanderburgh County, up to $300,000 for each violation. All of the violations listed in the complaint occurred in Marion, Johnson and St. Joseph counties.