INDIANA (Fort Wayne's NBC) - After Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and other state election officials moved the date of the May primary election to June due to the COVID-19 virus, they have issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote.
Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody joined Gov. Holcomb all agreed on the date change.
The Commission’s order included the following changes, which will apply to the June 2nd Primary only:
- Moves all election dates by 28 days.
- Avoids reprinting ballots and other forms that have the May 5th, 2020 date.
- Allows everyone to cast an absentee ballot by mail without having a specific reason to do so.
- Grandfathers applications already received for an absentee ballot, which did not state an excuse permitting the person to vote by mail.
- Permits county election boards to conduct meetings electronically rather than in person.
- Encourages counties to appoint medical professionals to act as traveling absentee boards to help voters confined in medical facilities to cast a ballot.
- Permits family members and caregivers of a confined voter to personally deliver and return a ballot.
- Allows county election boards to consolidate voting locations and vote center sites and to take spacing measures to ensure the safety of voters.
- Loosens restrictions on students who wish to serve as poll workers or absentee board members.
- Allows county election boards to begin expeditiously counting ballots at 6 a.m. on Election Day.
- Advises county election boards that election results must be determined by 3 p.m. on June 12th.
The complete order detailing each change is available HERE.
“As we take precautions to protect Hoosiers from the threat of COVID-19, it is vitally important to protect citizens’ right to vote. I am pleased that our bi-partisan recommendations have been adopted, and I thank the Indiana Election Commission for their expeditious work. With these changes, I am confident our primary will move forward with minimal disruption.”Secretary Lawson
The Commission will meet again on April 22nd, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
Eligible Hoosiers can register to vote online, check their registration status, and request an absentee ballot by visiting their website.