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Effort to track absentee ballots rejected by Senate

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—A Senate committee Thursday rejected an amendment that would have required tracking numbers on all absentee ballots as not a viable option for Indiana right now. House Bill 1311, authored by Rep. Thomas Saunders, R-Lewisville, would change the deadline for applying for absentee ballots from eight days before an election to […]

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Election committee reviews new regulations for absentee ballot counting, more

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Legislation that would update how Indiana administers elections to protect voting rights and to better validate absentee ballots got its first hearing in the House Elections and Apportionment Committee Thursday. Senate Bill 558, authored by Sen. Erin Houchin, R-Salem, adds a variety of regulations to Indiana elections. Notable changes […]

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Advocates push lawmakers to enact redistricting reforms

By Bryan Wells TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— Advocates for redistricting reform said time is running out for Indiana to enact changes that will put voters ahead of political advantage. Bills that would enact their top priority – an independent nonpartisan commission to draw legislative and congressional boundaries – have already died this session, as they have in […]

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Senate rejects making it easier for minor parties to get on ballot

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS— The Senate voted no on equality for minor political parties in Indiana on Thursday. Senate Bill 571, authored by Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, would have removed distinctions between major and minor political parties for getting their candidates on the ballot. But Republican and Democratic senators balked at that, defeating Walker’s […]

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House rejects Democrat efforts to give voters more time to get absentee ballots

By Andrew Longstreth TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS—Democrats in the Indiana House tried and failed in their efforts to assure that Hoosiers have more time to apply for an absentee ballot. House Bill 1311, authored by Rep. Thomas Saunders, R-Lewisville, would change the amount of time to apply for an absentee ballot from eight to 12 days before […]

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Election Commission says Bosma did not violate campaign finance laws

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Election Commission says House Speaker Brian Bosma did not violate state laws when he used campaign funds to investigate a former intern who alleged they had a sexual encounter in the early 1990s. The commission – comprised of two Republicans and two Democrats – ruled unanimously at […]

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Legislators almost out of time to end gerrymandering, says Indiana coalition

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Standing shoulder-to-shoulder before the Senate Elections Committee, members of the Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting urged lawmakers to approve new redistricting standards Monday. With blue-and-gold “All IN for Democracy” picket signs and office clocks raised high, coalition members waited more than two hours to voice one central demand: that […]

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Legislators consider changes to Indiana’s absentee voting process

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — At a first glance, a bill proposed to shrink the deadline for absentee ballots by four days would appear to harm voter participation, Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps told the House Elections and Apportionment Committee Thursday. In reality, Phelps said, moving the deadline from eight days before an election […]

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Expanded safeguards for Indiana elections may require new funding sources

By Erica Irish TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A series of bills to expand protections for Indiana’s voting sites garnered support from multiple parties at a Senate Elections Committee hearing Monday morning, but concerns remain as to how counties will finance security improvements.   Jay Phelps, Bartholomew County clerk, and Nicole Browne, Monroe County clerk, testified at […]

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Redistricting reform is back, but supporters face uphill battle

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — John Ruckelshaus has experienced firsthand the impact of gerrymandering. As a Republican member of the state House of Representatives in 1991, Ruckelshaus was in the minority when legislative district lines were redrawn following the 1990 census. The Democrats who controlled the process put his residence in a neighboring district. […]

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