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CALL 6: Johnson County Election Board, County Commissioners to meet about Election Day issues

Posted at 2:45 PM, Jan 14, 2019

FRANKLIN — Johnson County's Election Board and Commissioners are planning to meet after the scathing report on Election Day issues by electronic poll book vendor ES&S was released last week.

The preliminary report was completed by Ball State's Voting System Technical Oversight Program (VSTOP) after statewide voting issues with counties that used ES&S' electronic poll books system slowed down polling locations across the state during Election Day in 2018.

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 VSTOP report puts the blame solely on the election poll book vendor ES&S, based out of Omaha, Nebraska.

According to the report, the company didn't anticipate the correct about of server needs on election day and didn't have their systems setup correctly to handle the voter turnout around the country.

The issues never affected a person's actual vote, just the process for checking a person in, according to the Johnson County Election Board.

The meeting is scheduled at 9 a.m. Monday during an executive session, which mean it is not open to the public.

Johnson County's Attorney Kathleen Hash says the commissioners and election board will "receive/discuss information in consideration of possible litigation."

Hash tells Call 6, no decision will be made in executive session.

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