Indiana lawmakers scale back bill adding absentee-ballot requirements

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Legislators have sharply scaled back a bill adding absentee-ballot requirements.

Last year, Governor Holcomb worked with the Indiana Election Commission to delay Indiana’s primary by a month because of the coronavirus pandemic, and allow all voters to vote absentee. The Senate passed a bill declaring only the legislature can do that. But four Republicans joined Democrats in the House Elections Committee to kill that provision. They argue it’s unnecessary, since a bill sent to Holcomb this week would let legislators call themselves into session to review emergency orders. That would give them the opportunity to overrule similar changes in the future.

Holcomb has said he’ll veto that bill, but legislators are expected to override him before they adjourn at the end of the month.

The committee also unanimously dropped a provision requiring your Social Security or driver’s license number on your absentee ballot. That provision would have invalidated ballots if the number didn’t match the number used when you registered to vote. Critics warned that could backfire, because some people registered with their driver’s license, some with their Social Security number, and many voters might not remember which they used.

The House will vote next week on the remaining provision, which requires a driver’s license or Social Security number to request an absentee ballot online. Committee Chairman Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) says that plugs a hole in Indiana election security. He says requesting a ballot online skirts both Indiana’s voter I-D law and the signature requirement for mailed or in-person applications. Salem Senator Erin Houchin (R), who authored the original bill, says a constituent complained a relative was told last year she couldn’t vote because someone had already cast an absentee ballot in her name.

The committee approved the slimmed-down bill 7-4, with Terre Haute Democrat Tonya Pfaff (PAFF) joining Republicans in supporting it, and Greenfield Republican Robert Cherry voting with the rest of the panel’s Democrats in opposition.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I have not missed a chance to vote from the time I was 18 but now I dont plan on voting again ever. After the circus that has and was created in this last election process I along with a whole heck of alot of other voters DO NOT SEE THE POINT!!!!! The same machines will be used again and once again the Demoncrats will steal the elections, SIMPLE AS THAT! NO ONE WILL DO A DAMN THING TO STOP THIS. They didnt do ANYTHING about it this time except cower down and give it to we the American people ( 80 million plus ) right up the butt. One fact for sure…. I am not the only VOTER who has said this and FEELS THIS WAY. Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves because of the so called Politicians that are in office. Thanks for nothing!

    • Don’t give up! That’s exactly what they want. We have to keep our voices heard. Just have faith. I like you am so frustrated with what happened but we have to stay strong. Just keep trying to educate your friends and family that are liberals.

  2. How about in person voting, with VoterID, only on election day, with purple finger dye, and only open source voting machinery so there can be no dominion shenanigans!

    I do think the polls should be open much later, though.

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