The Porter County
Commissioners are demanding the resignation of Porter County Clerk Karen
Martin, following the fiasco on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6, in a
statement released after deadline on Friday.
appears beneath the Commissioners’ letterhead, which includes the names of
all three: Jim Biggs, R-North; Jeff Good, R-Center; and Laura Blaney,
The text of the
statement in full:
accountability for the serious problems in Tuesday’s election process, and
to begin developing a plan to assure that the problems do not occur again,
the Porter County Commissioners’ Office is demanding that the County Clerk
and Election Board take the following immediate actions.
“(1) Porter County
Clerk Karen Martin must resign, effective immediately. Should she win
Tuesday’s election for the position of County Auditor, she must also resign
before taking office.
“(2) As is the
normal protocol, the Porter County Election Board must request any and all
investigations that are available through the Indiana Secretary of State
Election Division and Indiana State Police. Should the Election Board not
make the requests, the Commissioners’ Office shall make every effort within
its statutory powers to get those authorities to open an investigation.
Commissioners’ Office is requesting that the Porter County Council, Election
Board, Democrat Party Chair, and Republican County Chair join with the
Commissioners to immediately begin a bipartisan effort to determine any and
all actions that must be taken to assure that such a failure never happens
again. This cooperative and bipartisan effort is absolutely critical to
begin the process of restoring voter confidence in our elections.
Commissioners’ Office extends its sincere and deep gratitude to the hundreds
of poll workers that gave of their time on Tuesday and to the Porter County
Sheriff’s Department for the support they have given throughout this
term-limited Republican, failed in her bid on Nov. 6 to unseat Porter County
Auditor Vicki Urbanik, a Democrat.
fended off a challenge from Democrat Donna Perdue.