Rokita Distributes Voting Equipment Funds to Franklin County

Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz

Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita today distributed election reform money to Franklin 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.

Franklin County received $93,474 in federal and state money which was distributed by the Secretary of State's office. This latest round of reimbursements brings to $29.9 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 Franklin County Clerk Marlene Flaspohler to reimburse the county for the new Fidlar AccuVote voting machines that will allow all of Franklin County's approximately 17,000 voters in all 24 election precincts to vote without assistance beginning with the 2006 May Primary Election.

"Secretary Rokita's office has been extremely helpful in this long process," said Flaspohler. "We chose to stay with Fidlar, who sold us our optical scan voting machines last year, because we were familiar with their product."

"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. "Franklin 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 remaining days before the deadline.