Wesco: Bill establishing election audits heads to the governorís desk

Wesco: Bill establishing election audits heads to the governorís desk

Posted by: Adam Kern  | Wednesday, March 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (March 20, 2019) – Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) allowing counties to voluntarily petition the secretary of state to audit an election could soon become law.

Wesco, chair of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, sponsored legislation that would call upon the secretary of state to improve the security and effectiveness of Indiana elections through the creation of risk-based audit procedures for post-election and procedural audits. Counties could request an audit to check the security of their voting systems, and all contentious elections would be subject to an audit to ensure that voters are verified and that all votes are counted correctly.

“In order to safeguard our democracy, it is essential to protect the integrity of our voting systems,” Wesco said. “Hoosiers need to be assured that when they perform their civic duty, their personal information is protected and their vote matters. This is a commonsense proposal to better vet our election process.”

According to Wesco, Indiana’s voting system equipment is limited in the ability to perform audits, and counties have asked the legislature for additional help with election security. This proposal would help counties improve their voting systems and increase voter confidence.

Indiana would be the fourth state to pass similar legislation implementing risk-limiting audit procedures in the wake of elections.

Senate Enrolled Act 405, authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) and sponsored by Wesco, is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, 
which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

 


PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) presents the final version of Senate Enrolled Act 405 to the House of Representatives Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Statehouse. Wesco’s legislation would allow the secretary of state to conduct election audits. The bill is now eligible for action by the governor.