Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R) has signed a bill into law requiring counties using MicroVote voting machines to have a paper backup of the voting record of constituents before 2024, according to a report from Just the News.
This election reform comes on the heels of numerous states around the country making moves to overhaul the security and integrity of their elections. In light of staggering reports of election fraud and irregularities, states like Wisconsin, for example, are considering decertifying the presidential election results of 2020 due to troubling evidence brought forth in an election investigation this month.
President Trump commented on the situation in an official statement made through his Save America PAC: “There is already a very powerful resolution in the Wisconsin State Assembly that calls for the decertification of the 2020 Election and reclaiming of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes.”
Further, Americans’ distrust of the voting system is not limited to Indiana. In fact, 90 percent of Americans believe that election reform is necessary, according to a 2022 poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports.
Additionally, many GOP lawmakers have taken note of the American public’s demand for election reform. For example, Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., signed a bill in March that forbids the private funding of election processes.
According to the Just the News report, over half of the counties in Indiana currently use MicroVote voting machines, making it impossible to conduct a “risk-limiting” audit after an election or even recount votes. This is a big problem for proponents of election integrity, who argue that it should be readily transparent and accessible for election officials to see how many votes there are at any time during an election or after it has concluded.
This new Indiana law will require a paper trail on the MicroVote machines by July 2024.