Indiana elections chief IDs problem with absentee applications

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FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2015 file photo, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson speak in Indianapolis. A day after warning of potential widespread voting fraud in the state, Indiana's secretary of state acknowledged Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, that many of the thousands of altered registration forms she flagged might just be residents rushing to correct their names or birth dates ahead of the election. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

(Associated Press) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says some voters who applied for an absentee ballot through the Indiana Democratic Party are at risk of not receiving one.

That’s because the party sent out absentee applications that were missing instructions, a requirement under state law.

Lawson, a Republican, says her office’s election division on Friday approved their use despite the deficiency.

But she said local election officials in a handful of counties, which she would not identify, already disqualified their use.

Her office urged those who have signed up to vote absentee to check their voting status online at Indianavoters.in.gov.

Officials say voters can sign up to cast an absentee ballot a number of ways, including submitting an application through a political party.

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