Paper ballots will be used, as well as pollbooks that only include the voters within the affected precincts — not the entire list of registered voters.
The special election will be for a referendum question for School City of Mishawaka district residents, asking if they would like to take on repairs and upgrades for the city’s public — to the tune of around $28 million — through increased property taxes.
Board chairman Jim Korpal said that the paper ballot supplies cost about $2,000 when used in past special elections, while using electronic machines was estimated at around $32,000.
Paper ballots were used in a county-wide special election in 2009, Korpal said, and votes were tallied successfully without issue.
Details for polling locations will be worked out during the next three weeks, and another meeting will be held Sept.3.
In another matter, the board voted to forward to the county prosecutor’s office information about two noncitizens who have voted.
Frank Fotia, the Republican board member for the Voter Registration office, brought the two voting records to the attention of the board members.
He said the records were found after documents were requested from the office for the naturalization process. Individuals applying to be naturalized citizens must include documentation from the Voter Registration office that states they are not registered to vote, and have not voted in past elections.
Fotia said that one of the two noncitizen voters registered in 1999 through a paper form at the voter registration office, and voted in the 2008 general election.
The second noncitizen voter registered while at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, and voted in the 2012 general election.
Fotia said that noncitizens voting is not unheard of.
“When you sign a voter registration form, there’s an affidavit on the form that, if you check the box, it says you’re a citizen,” he explained. “If someone checks that, we have to take them at their word.”
Korpal said it’s up to the prosecutor’s office to decide if they will pursue any charges.