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Contact: Heather Willis
Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is today distributing election reform money to 16 Indiana counties. This is the latest round of funding Rokita's office is sending to counties from the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002. The counties will receive a total of more than $3.3 million in federal and state money that is being distributed by the Secretary of State's office this month. This brings to $17 million the total distributed to Indiana counties in the past year to help pay for voting equipment upgrades resulting from the required phase-out of lever and punch card voting machines.
"I am pleased today to be personally delivering to the counties the next round of money to reimburse them for replacing outdated voting equipment. The recent election showed what we already knew -- that Indiana election administrators are among the best in the country," Rokita said. "It is wonderful to see these federal dollars being put to such good use to help ensure fair and efficient elections for Hoosiers."
Rokita is personally delivering four checks today to the following counties:
Rokita will deliver checks to St. Joseph County and White County within the week as well.
Other counties receiving reimbursements are the following: Blackford, Clay, Clinton, Dubois, Hamilton, Hendricks, Jefferson, Marion, Miami, Sullivan, Tippecanoe, and Wabash.
Congress passed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 in response to issues in various parts of the country during the 2000 Presidential Election. HAVA requires states and counties to replace all punch card and lever machine voting systems by January 1, 2006. A number of Indiana counties will be eligible for additional funding in the coming months.