STATEHOUSE (Feb. 21, 2018) — Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) ensuring patients committed to a mental health institution or psychiatric hospital have the right to vote and claim permanent residency could soon become law.
Ellington said this proposal would align the residency status of patients with similar provisions for college students. The bill would allow patients to establish residency in only one of two locations, either the address of their current institution or their previous home address.
“Under current law, patients cannot gain residency no matter how long they have been living in an institution,” Ellington said. “This legislation would treat these individuals like we do college students, allowing them to claim residency in either their current location or their previous home address for the purposes of registering to vote.”
Ellington said not only does this legislation provide commonsense flexibility to Indiana law, but also should prevent litigation claiming the state’s current residency requirements are discriminatory.
Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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