INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is seeking to collect $360,000 in penalties from an Indianapolis company that provided faulty voting machines to 47 counties, including Jasper, Lake and LaPorte.
Microvote General Corp. sold electronic equipment that it knew could not handle split-precinct and straight-ticket voting in the May 2006 primary. an administrative law judge ruled last July. A Marion County judge recently dismissed Microvote's request to review the case, and Rokita's office wants the company to pay up.
"The secretary of state's office will not tolerate voting system vendors that violate Indiana's election laws," Matt Tusing, Rokita's chief of staff, said Thursday.
The dispute has dragged on for more than two years, though both sides agree the flawed Microvote machines didn't taint any of the 2006 primary results.
"There was never any harm of any nature," said Microvote attorney John Price. "I believe Secretary Rokita is trying to turn a very, very small technical issue into a large headline."
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