Curt Nisly, the Republican nominee for the District 22 State Representative’s seat, has responded to allegations of impropriety levied by his Democratic opponent.
A complaint was filed with the Indiana Election Commission in August by David Kolbe. Kolbe, a Democrat, Michael Stinfer, an Independent and Nisly are all on the Nov. 4 ballot to see who represents District 22 in the Statehouse.
The complain asserted that Nisly’s contract through his company C-Tech Solutions to design the Elkhart County Clerk’s website, www.elkhartcountyclerk.com improperly promoted his campaign through a link on the homepage.
In a letter dated Sept. 18, 2014 to the Indiana Election Division, Nisly states that Kolbe’s complaint doesn’t cite any code violations.
Nisly’s letter also stated that he had discussions with the clerk’s office in September 2013 and had a mock-up of the proposed site in October 2013 but he didn’t file as a state rep candidate until Jan. 21, 2014.
Nisly reports being informed by Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson that the site’s link to C-Tech Solutions had to be broken during a phone call after 10 p.m. Aug. 13 and that the link was severed at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 14.
Hudson, in a separate letter to the election division dated Sept. 10, corroborates Nisly’s timeline.
C-Tech was contacted because the county IT department doesn’t design websites said Hudson.
Hudson stated she contacted three firms to contract out the work and only C-Tech responded.
As for a relationship between C-Tech and vote centers, Nisly said there isn’t one.
“There is no impropriety and no conflict of interest,” said Nisly’s response.
Kolbe’s complaint calls into question any relationship Nisly’s company may have with the technology needed to operate vote centers in Elkhart.
In Hudson’s letter, she stated that many of the questions Kolbe raised could have been explained in a conversation with him but Kolbe has not raised those questions directly with her.
Kolbe’s complaint states that Hudson may be complicit with Nisly’s campaign.
Hudson said that neither she nor her staff had knowledge that the C-Tech logo contained a link.
Hudson also said that she contacted the county’s IT department and that while its theoretically possible to access Google Analytics with the host provider it would provide only general information.
Kolbe’s complaint claimed data could be mined through the clerk’s Website.
No connection between C-Tech Solutions, the clerk’s Website and vote center technology.
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