INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Joel Miller, the chairman of the Marion County Democratic Party, is accusing the Marion County Republican Party with failure to fill key positions on Election Day.
He says this could cause delays when it comes to calculating results from absentee ballots on time.
According to Miller, the positions that were not filled are essential to ensuring votes are accurately and fairly counted, ultimately preventing voter fraud.
He says according to Indiana law, all of Marion County’s absentee ballots must be counted in a central location unless the county election board votes unanimously to allow ballots to be counted at precinct polling sites.
At many attempts to practice the counting at precinct polling locations, Republican members of the Marion County Election Board continued to vote against it.
150 people were required to count and 150 people were asked to be couriers, which is a person who delivers the list of absentee voters to prevent voter fraud.
According to Miller, the number of people involved as of Wednesday, Nov. 2 include:
- Democratic counters: 148
- Republican counters: 59
- Election Board recruited: 233
- Democratic couriers: 144
- Republican Couriers: 11
- Election Board recruited: 17
Republicans say that’s not the case. Joey Fox, Executive Director of the Marion County Republican Party, issued a statement saying:
The Marion County Republican Party believes that preserving the integrity of our election is critical. That’s why we support a central count of absentee ballots: to maintain tighter controls on ballots. The Democratic Party would rather voters’ actual ballots be shipped all over the county, increasing the likelihood of loss or fraud.
Contrary to the Democratic Party’s press release, we have provided almost 100 counters, and efforts continue for recruitment. The Republican Party is committing resources to Central Count to ensure a smooth process.
Additionally, the Republican Party signed off on allowing lists of absentee voters, but not the ballots themselves, to be delivered by single couriers.
We look forward to a fair and successful election.”