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The Indiana Daily Student

State: Company sold uncertified voting machines

Monroe among 47 counties receiving faulty equipment

INDIANAPOLIS – A voting machine company must pay Indiana more than $350,000 in civil penalties and investigative costs for 198 violations of Indiana election law, an administrative law judge has ruled.\nIndianapolis-based MicroVote General Corp., which provided voting equipment to 47 Indiana counties, including Monroe County, during the last election, came under investigation last year after allegations that the company sold uncertified machines.\nAdministrative Law Judge J. Lee McNeely indicated in his order that voting equipment companies must comply with state laws to preserve the integrity of elections.\nAccording to the findings, MicroVote marketed uncertified voting equipment between Oct. 1, 2005, and April 28, 2006, negotiating more than $400,000 worth of new sales contracts in 10 counties, according to a Friday news release from the Indiana secretary of state’s office.\nThe company had discovered its equipment could not handle split-precinct and straight-ticket voting – functions required under Indiana law.\nAs early as April 22, 2006, MicroVote knew one of its systems was not operational, the release states, but concealed that from the Indiana Election Commission until later that summer. The 47 counties that used the voting equipment in the May 2006 primary elections did not meet Indiana’s legal standards.\nThe Associated Press left a message seeking comment with MicroVote on Friday.

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