Democratic Committee is demanding a “full and transparent investigation”
into what it’s calling Tuesday’s “election breakdown,” in a statement
released after deadline on Thursday.
The text of the
statement in full:
“The day after
Porter County citizens were impacted by the election problems on Tuesday,
Nov. 6, Valparaiso Democratic Committee Chair Drew Wenger stood in front of
the Porter County Administration Building and held a press conference to
detail the many ways the Porter County Clerk's office failed to run an
efficient and fair election. And today, Thursday, Nov. 8, more than 36 hours
after the polls closed on Election Day, citizens are still waiting for
results to be posted from any Porter County precinct. This chaotic situation
is unbecoming of our proud and engaged county. In the interest of full
transparency, this glaring issue must be addressed immediately to satisfy
the rightful concerns of our citizenry.
“The task of
managing elections was handed over to the County Clerk's office in March of
2018. We have been documenting numerous complaints this week dealing with
absentee applications not being processed or absentee ballots not arriving
in a prompt fashion, poll worker assignments not being communicated, poll
worker trainings being short and insufficient, and a general lack of
professionalism emanating from the office. These documented issues make it
apparent that the management of our election was inept and perhaps suspect.
Citizens are demanding to know that their votes counted.
seen in the months before the election manifested problems heretofore unseen
in Porter County on the day of the election. Thirteen polling locations were
not fully staffed and could not open until an hour after their mandated
opening time, resulting in many voters becoming frustrated and forgoing
voting altogether. As Election Day continued, it became clear that most
polling locations were not going to receive their absentee ballots by the 6
p.m. closing time, leading to much confusion. The Porter County Clerk's
office was unreachable by phone, forcing many precinct inspectors to make
the call to pack up before properly counting the early votes into the total
Democratic Committee is demanding a full and transparent investigation into
the root cause of this breakdown of standard operating protocol, and an
account of all complaints received by the relevant governmental bodies
working on various aspects of the election. The people of Porter County
deserve, at the very minimum, a detailed explanation as to why their voices
are not being counted.”
Biggs on FBI
Biggs, R-North, told the Chesterton Tribune that he and County
Attorney Scott McClure met with FBI officials for about two hours yesterday.
He was not at liberty to discuss anything said in the meeting.
When asked if the
County has considered contacting the Indiana Secretary of State’s office in
the event the FBI declines to investigate, Biggs said “All I can say is they
weren’t the only agency we contacted.”