wonít be able to report campaign finance records online yet, according to
Porter County Clerk Jessica Bailey.
Bailey said she
looked into getting software that would allow online campaign finance
reporting following Election Board discussions about how it could streamline
the reporting process. She reported at Thursdayís Board meeting that state
law precludes her from offering the online reporting option to local
allowed to submit their reports in hardcopy, by fax, and by email, but she
canít offer a reporting option through an online submission system, per the
law. Bailey said she has appealed downstate to be able to offer the online
option because itís more efficient and the current system isnít ADA
finance reports are public on the Porter County website, but theyíre scanned
and posted online as PDF files, which cannot be read by programs that read
content aloud for the visually impaired.
Bailey said itís
important to be compliant, especially since the County is working on a new
website thatís supposed to be more accessible and up-to-date. ďWe need to be
ADA compliant. Transparency for the community means transparency for all,Ē
In other business,
Bailey reported a recent candidate information session had 20 attendees who
asked a lot of questions, and the presenters had great content on campaign
finance and political signage. A video of the session is on the Porter
County Government YouTube channel, so those interested or those who missed
it can still hear the presentation.
Sundae Schoon reported 1,200 people had already voted early at the time of
the meeting last week. She said itís hard to measure turnout when comparing
years where there are no contested races in some communities with
presidential or congressional election years, but early vote numbers are
still increasing every year. The Valparaiso and Portage early voting sites
remain the most used.
reported there have been no issues with the new machines, and both County
chairmen have provided their lists of poll workers early. Schoon said she
was close to confirming all 244 poll workers needed for this election, with
about 20 people still left to verify. A list of back-up poll workers for
election day snafus is also ready to go. 160 of the confirmed poll workers
have already signed up for training.
Becky Rauch made a reminder that poll workers need to register in advance
for training--they cannot just show up to a session.
The Board will
certify the results of the election Friday, Nov. 15. The Board decided it
will hold its regular meeting for November that day as well instead of the
third Thursday of the month.
Bailey made a
reminder the last day to submit for an absentee ballot is Oct. 24 and
Saturday early voting is available from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays,
Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Early voting closes at noon Monday, Nov. 4.