Indiana Democratic Party 8-3-19 Weekly Radio Address Podcast

Indiana Democratic Party 8-3-19 Weekly Radio Address Podcast

Chairman John Zody and the Indiana Democratic Party Weekly Radio Address Podcast:

Election security depends on the integrity of the elected officials who oversee them. Sec. Lawson’s credibility on election security is in question for sure.


This is Chairman John Zody, bringing you the weekly podcast for the Indiana Democratic Party.

Let’s talk about election security for a moment, more specifically, Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s empty promises on the topic. 

In 2018, when Lawson was facing reelection, she said Indiana’s systems were secure. She said every vote cast here would have a voter verifiable paper trail by 2020.

Remember, Indiana had just received an ‘F’ rating from the Center for American Progress for the state’s election security.

Democrats raised these concerns. Lawson said at the time that voting machinesgenerated paper trails. She knew that these so-called paper trails were internal to the machine and voters couldn’t see them or verify their vote matched what the machine recorded. 

It’s not a paper trail if voters can’t affirm their vote. It’s part of the reason why Indiana earned an ‘F’ in election security in 2018. 

Fast forward to 2019, and every vote cast here won’t have a paper trail until 2029. Meanwhile, adversarial governments continue to attack our elections. 

2029? There will be 3 presidential elections in that time. While that provides a timeline – it’s sad that there hasn’t been better leadership from Statehouse Republicans to guarantee the integrity of our elections much, much sooner.

So, when in 2018, she said every vote cast would have a paper trail by 2020, she wasn’t exactly sharing the whole story.

Election security depends on the integrity of the elected officials who oversee them. Sec. Lawson’s credibility on election security is in question for sure. 

This is why Democrats continue to hold Indiana Republicans accountable, because, without the accountability our Party provides, Republicans like Lawson can say one thing and then do another. 

It’s a shame when the integrity of our democratic process hangs in the balance.

Want to help make a difference? Volunteer for one of our more than 800 Democratic candidates running for local office THIS fall, in 2019. Sign up at and we’ll get you plugged in. 

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Only together can we fight for fairness, a brighter future and better state for all Hoosiers to succeed in all aspects of life. 

Thank you for listening.

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