IN.gov - Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Secretary of State

Election Division > IED Staff > News > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: December 10, 2004 Indiana Recount Commission Chairman Todd Rokita's Statement on the Approval of the Motion to Dismiss the Ninth Congressional District Recount and Contest

Contact: Kate Shepherd
317-233-8655
Media@sos.in.gov

Indiana Recount Commission Chairman Todd Rokita's Statement on the Approval of the Motion to Dismiss the Ninth Congressional District Recount and Contest

First of all, I would like to thank some people for their help with this recount. The County Clerks, the Indiana State Police and the State Board of Accounts were invaluable over the last few weeks.

The recount process is, by design, an open, public process which serves to instill and maintain voter confidence in our electoral system so that there will be no question as to the winner. We can learn a great deal from recounts -- how to improve state law, what we can do better as election administrators, and what we already do extremely well. I am reminded that the United States Supreme Court in 2000 held Indiana up as a shining example for the rest of the world to note how to conduct an election recount in a free society. This recount taught us that the process did, in fact, function as it should. As with every election ever conducted throughout world history, there were some small human errors that were discovered. However, there were no systemic problems that came to light. From this, we get reassurance that the election was fair and accurate. Hopefully, this knowledge will boost voter confidence in the election process.