Allen County voting machines are not connected to the internet or to any other voting system. Our tabulation equipment is not connected to the internet or any other network. We perform cybersecurity sweeps before and after each election to ensure that the voting equipment has not been altered. We work with our partners to continue to evolve as new technology and threats become apparent.
Allen County and the State of Indiana employ recommendations from security experts and have done so for many years. Independent testing and physical security are some of the strategies used to ensure accurate results. We perform acceptance, logic and accuracy testing prior to every election. We require and document bi-partisan representation during voting machine operations and tabulation. We conduct post-election audits to compare vote totals from a machine’s tabulator to the number of voters who checked in to vote, precinct by precinct. We perform cybersecurity sweeps before and after each election to ensure that the voting equipment has not been altered.
Each voter has a single active record in the statewide voter registration database. When a ballot is received, it is recorded in that voter’s record. If the voter attempts to vote an additional time, the system warns the election official that a ballot has already been returned. Election workers will follow up and report attempts to the Election Board, who may report to the Prosecuting Attorney if further investigation is warranted.
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Voting by mailed ballots is a very secure way to vote. First, no ballot is prepared for a voter unless an approved application has been processed by a bi-partisan team of workers. Ballots and return envelopes are prepared for each absentee voter and have a unique barcode which identifies the voter the ballot was prepared for. The voter’s signature on the outside of the return envelope is matched to the voter’s signature on file when the ballot is returned. Ballots are not counted if they are not prepared on the proper type of ballot paper or do not include specific technical markings. Voters can track the status of their mailed ballot at the state’s website. Voters can also deliver their ballot directly to the Allen County Election Board office in person if they are concerned about delivery by the Post Office.