We met by telephone yesterday with the recount director and our opponent to discuss the option of a “pre-recount inspection” of the ballots and other voting records. Under Indiana’s official recount guidelines, pre-recount inspections can be conducted by the candidates so they can narrow the issues in dispute and move the recount process along more quickly.
We’d like to get the recount completed as soon as possible, so we conveyed our willingness to conduct an inspection throughout the 8th District. But both sides must consent to a pre-recount inspection, and our opponent agreed to an inspection only in Clay, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties. We even offered to extend the inspection to his home county, Sullivan, to save travel time for him, but he refused.
We expect the inspection to commence sometime next week. We’ll keep you posted on further developments.