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Indiana Dems Seek Exam of Voting Machines

(CN) — The local Democratic Party for one Indiana county claims in court that the county's electronic voting machines were left unsecured after a test and are susceptible to manipulation.

The Harrison County Democratic Party claims in a two-page complaint for an emergency hearing that electronic voting machines in the county "were left unsecured in violation of Indiana law" after a Sept. 20 public test, making them "vulnerable to tampering."

"Given the heighten [sic] political rhetoric of 'rigged election,' and the current Indiana State Police investigation of election fraud, in this current campaign season, this failure to properly secure the voting machines has directly undermined the public's confidence, and the Harrison County Democratic Party's confidence, in the integrity of this election," the complaint states.

The defendants named in the Nov. 3 complaint are the Harrison County Election Board and Sally Whitis, the county clerk.

The Harrison County Democratic Party seek an emergency hearing and a court order requiring the county "to have the machines examined by a voting machine expert acceptable to both parties," before Tuesday's election.

The group is represented by Nicholas Siler in West Baden Springs, Ind.

Whitis did not immediately respond to a request for comment emailed Friday afternoon.

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