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Redistricting reform dies in Indiana House

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– For the second year in a row, Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, has killed a redistricting reform bill and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he is OK with that. “There’s a lot of questions we had. I don’t think the bill accurately follows some of the national case law […]

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GOP Senate candidates attack Democratic incumbent in first debate

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Republican candidates vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate spent Tuesday evening explaining why they were the ones to take down U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, in their first Senate debate of the 2018 election cycle. Former state Rep. Mike Braun and Luke Messer and Todd Rokita, both members […]

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Buchanan fills Senate seat vacated by Brandt Hershman

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The newest member of the Indiana Senate was sworn in on Monday, almost six weeks after the post was vacated. Brian Buchanan, R-Lebanon, will now take over for former Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, who resigned effective Jan. 1. Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush administered the oath.  […]

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Updated voter website offers new features, access

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana voters will now have more access to features such as ballot previews and election night results with the newly updated IndianaVoters.com. Secretary of State Connie Lawson encouraged voters to use the website to see where and who they would be voting for. “An informed electorate is the key to […]

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Redistricting reform bill passes Senate

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would create standards to draw state and federal legislative district boundaries across Indiana passed the Senate by a 42-6 vote Monday. Senate Bill 326 allows the General Assembly to modify congressional and state district plans if they fail to comply with the standards in the bill—as long […]

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Senators kill amendments to redistricting bill

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Senators shot down two amendments to a bill that would have clarified who has oversight in the state’s redistricting processes. Senate Bill 326, authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, updates procedures and standards for drawing Indiana’s congressional and state legislative districts. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said SB 326 only […]

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Election security bill passes Senate committee

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—County election boards that beef up security around voting equipment and elections will be able to seek reimbursement for their expenses under a bill approved by a state Senate committee Monday. Senate Bill 327 requires counties to make sure their voting systems follow new security procedures and allows county election boards […]

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Redistricting bill passes Senate committee

By Amari Thompson TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee approved a redistricting reform bill Monday that would establish standards to redraw congressional and state legislative boundaries across Indiana. Sen. Greg Walker, R- Columbus, said Senate Bill 326 is a baby step toward redistricting reform. It passed the Elections Committee by an 8-0 vote. Voters and organizations such […]

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Candidate filing for primary election begins Jan. 10

Staff Report The StatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — It’s that time of the year again—election season. On Wednesday, candidates may begin the application process for the 2018 primary election with the Secretary of State or Election Division. Filing to run for political office candidacy will remain open until 12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9. Secretary of State Connie Lawson […]

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Senate bill would still count absentee ballot if voter dies before Election Day

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Voters who die between the time they cast an absentee ballot and the day of the election may soon be sure their vote will be counted if a bill pending in the state Senate becomes law. “What we have to do now is, if we’re notified before Election Day that the […]

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