Status of Audit Legislation: 
Adopted in 1986

This information was updated in September, 2013.

State Summary First passed in 1986, Indiana's audit law, while it audits the entire ballot, does not lead to a full recount. Audits in Indiana are not automatic but must be requested by the county chairman of a political party.

Additionally, Indiana established a statewide "Voting System Technical Oversight Program" (VSTOP) in 2005, under Indiana Code 3-11-16: VSTOP, which is currently conducted by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University, is charged with conducting annual random audits and preparing “reports indicating whether the voting systems have been certified, programmed, and used in compliance with Indiana law.” The manner of the audits, however, is not further detailed in the statute.

Note: The website hosting Indiana's Code does not provide links to individual statutes. All citations below are from Title 3, Article 11, Chapter 13, “Voting by Ballot Card Voting System”: .

Sampling Method: 

For precincts using optically-scanned paper ballots only, no more than 5% of precincts, or 5 precincts, whichever is greater, may be audited.


Has a trigger

An audit in Indiana must be requested by the county chairman of a political party.

The audit is certified by the county election board.
Who Conducts the Audit?: 
The county election board conducts the audit.
Location of Random Selection: 
Types of Voting Machines in Use: 
Mixed Mixed paper ballot and DREs without VVPAT
Races that are Audited: 
Entire ballot The audit is to be conducted for "for each candidate and each public question." See Section 3-11-13-37.
Voting Units that are Audited: 
Timeline for Audit: 

The audit must be completed and certified within 12 days after the election.

Completed Before Certification?: 

Yes, the audit is completed before certification. However, the law is unclear as to whether the audit has any effect on the official election result.

Absentees, Provisionals and Early Voting: 
Law is unclear
Is the Audit Publicly Observable?: