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End of legislative session kills bill aimed at changing absentee voting rules

By Carolina Puga Mendoza TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Among the bills that died in the last hours before lawmakers temporarily adjourned their 2021 legislative session Thursday was Senate Bill 353, a bill that at one point was likened to controversial Georgia legislation aimed at absentee voting procedures. Senate President Pro Tempore Rodric Bray, R-Martinsville, confirmed during Thursday’s post-session […]

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Absentee voting bill stays in committee

Absentee voting bill stays in committee

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—A conference committee met Monday to discuss Senate Bill 353 but will have to meet again to resolve differences between the versions of the bill passed by the Indiana House and Senate. The committee chair, Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, said the committee didn’t yet have a report to vote on.  The […]

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Absentee voting bill will return to Senate after passing in the House

Absentee voting bill will return to Senate after passing in the House

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—In the Indiana House session Tuesday, a bill that would require either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number when applying online to vote absentee passed 71-21.  Senate Bill 353 was amended in committee, which took out the language that restricted a governor from […]

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Senate voting bill moves out of committee as other states address questions about future elections

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The House Elections and Apportionment Committee passed Senate Bill 353 Thursday after amending the bill to remove a provision that would limit the authority to change the “time, place or manner of holding an election’’—including the loosening of requirements for absentee voting—to the General Assembly.  The amendment deletes the language that […]

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Election bill raises concerns about voter suppression

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Election bill raises concerns about voter suppression

By Alexa Shrake TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—The House Elections and Apportionment Committee heard testimony Tuesday on an election bill many are comparing to the one passed recently in Georgia. Lawmakers said the bill would create more security when it comes to voting absentee, but there is no proof of significant fraud in the 2020 presidential election.  Senate […]

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Senate election bill would add restrictions to absentee voting

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Senate election bill would add restrictions to absentee voting

By Alexa Shrake  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—In 2020, Gov. Eric Holcomb delayed the primary election from May until June and loosened restrictions on absentee voting as Indiana coped with the outbreak of COVID-19.  Under legislation proposed a year later, he wouldn’t be able to do either.  Senate Bill 353, authored by Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, would limit […]

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Debate over redistricting gets shut down in House

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Debate over redistricting gets shut down in House

By Taylor Dixon TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—House Democrats were blocked Thursday from amending a bill to transfer redistricting responsibilities to a nonpartisan agency on grounds that it did not fit in the bill. An amendment, which was proposed by Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, would give the Legislative Services Agency, a nonpartisan state agency, the responsibility of drawing […]

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Connie Lawson, Indiana’s top election official, announces resignation

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Connie Lawson, Indiana’s top election official, announces resignation

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced Monday she will resign as the state’s top election official, citing a need to focus on her personal health and family after the challenges of 2020.  “I have dedicated the last 32 years of my life to public service,” Lawson said in a statement. “I […]

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Debates about voting poised to continue after 2020 raises questions about election access

Debates about voting poised to continue after 2020 raises questions about election access

By Erica Irish  TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana lawmakers continued Thursday to debate how to best hold state elections after a presidential election cycle coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.  The overlap of the last election and a contagious virus prompted many questions about how to balance voter access with public health. For Indiana’s delayed primary last […]

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Social media played a big role in connecting candidates with voters

By LaMonte Richardson Jr.TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— In the 2008 election, President Barack Obama used the relatively new Facebook and Twitter to create personalized interactions with millions of supporters to rally then to defeat the late Republican Sen. John McCain.  ​Obama’s use of social media both personally and as a paid advertisement platform helped get his face […]

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