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Petition to Indiana Election Commission

Indiana Voter Suppression - Election Commission Response Requested

In the 2016 general election, Lake County, IN had a smaller percentage of registered voters casting ballots than the rest of Indiana based on registered voters. Indiana’s voter turnout for the election was below the national average exacerbating Lake County’s under-representation. This does not take into account that since the election, nearly half a million registered voters in Indiana have been deleted from the roles of which over 28,000 are from Lake County. Due to the poor voter turnout in Indiana, we are asking you to respond to the questions below. 1)      Based on the low voter turnout for Indiana and the even lower voter turnout for Lake County, what is the Commission’s plan to address concerns over consolidation of voter precincts in Lake County which would decrease access to polling locations for a substantial number of voters? 2)      Has the Commission reviewed the analysis in “One Person, One Vote: Estimating the Prevalence of Double Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections” by Sharad Goel, Marc Meredith, Michael Morse, David Rothschild and Houshmand Shirani-Mehr? What is the Commission’s statement about the analysis? If the Commission does not agree with the analysis, can they provide equally reputable analysis for that opposition? 3)      In combination with the data in question two and Indiana’s low voter turnout, has the data been reviewed showing that voter ID laws have little impact on an insignificant number of fraudulent votes and prevent a significant number of actual votes? What is the Commission’s response to the fact sheet on the suppression created by voter id laws? If the recommendation is to continue with the current laws, can the Commission provide equally reputable analysis for the recommendation? 4)      Has the Commission reviewed the results from DefCon where hackers were able to break into US voting machines in less than two hours? Based on these findings, does the Commission have a plan for the counties that do not currently have an auditable paper trail? If they do not have a plan to protect votes in Indiana, what reassurance can they give voters that the vote totals cannot be altered? Thank you for your time and attention to these critical issues affecting our votes.

Joanne Mitchell
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