A Republic election official in Indianapolis said a system crash that shut down a trial run of the county's e-voting platform was anticipated, making the test a success rather than a failure. On a related note, a clumsy kid crashed his skateboard into a tree and then remarked, "I meant to do that."
On the second day of a mock election, a second problem arose during testing of the new statewide voter registration system.
On Friday, the first day of mock election testing, the system crashed. Then Monday, on the second day of testing, the problem revolved around trying to verify voters' addresses with the US Postal Service.
Marion County voter registration employees were back at work Monday. But shortly after the start of a mock election task that was scheduled to take one hour, workers got an unscheduled break of a half hour.
"The reason that we had the mock election is so that we could find any kind of glitches or any problems that potentially could happen, so it's a benefit to find those out now rather than Election Day," said Kyle Walker, Republican Marion County Voter Registration Board member.
On the first day of mock election testing, the system crashed, delaying work across the state for four hours.
On the second day of testing, voter registration workers were not able to verify or validate voters' addresses with the US Postal Service.
Nevertheless, the state considers Monday's test a success even with a glitch it already knew about.
A statement from the office of Secretary of State Todd Rokita says, in part: "Statewide, the second stage of the week-long mock election test was successfully completed on schedule around 11:00am this morning. Despite an issue with a previously identified software glitch, the mock election process went on as planned and continues to be a success."