Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz
Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today distributed election reform money to Boone County. This was part of the latest round of funding Rokita's office is giving to counties from the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002.
Boone County received $238,000 in federal and state money which was distributed by the Secretary of State's office. This brings to $21.7 million the total distributed under HAVA to Indiana counties since Rokita's office began distributing funds to help pay for voting equipment upgrades resulting from the required phase-out of lever and punch card voting machines.
Rokita personally met with Boone County Clerk Lisa Garoffolo to reimburse the county for the new Voting Technologies International touch screen machines that will be accessible to all of Boone County's approximately 36,000 voters in all 47 election precincts beginning with the 2006 May Primary Election.
"It's been a long road to get to this point," said Garoffolo. "Secretary Rokita's office has been extremely helpful throughout this process, and we couldn't be more thankful for their help. Indiana's way ahead of other states when it comes to these reimbursements, and I'm very thankful that Rokita has been so cognizant of the needs of the county clerks and our offices. His office has kept us informed and on-task so that we can pass the necessary information on to each of our respective counties. We think our selection of voting machines was a good one, considering we put together a task force that looked at every machine certified in Indiana. These work best for our county."
"It is great to see federal and state money being put to good use to help ensure fair and efficient elections for Hoosiers," Rokita said. "Boone County can now focus on other election matters."
Congress passed HAVA 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.