House supports Saunders’ absentee ballot legislation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, February 20, 2019 11:35 am

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 20, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives voted in favor of State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation that would help ensure absentee ballots are counted.

Hoosiers who are not able to make it to the polls on Election Day can request an absentee ballot application in order to be approved and then provided a ballot. Currently, the application must be completed and returned no later than eight days before the election. Under Saunders’ proposal, this would change to 12 days for certain applications.

“The current time frame that applications must be received by, does not always give voters enough time to receive and submit their ballots,” Saunders said. “Hundreds of ballots arrived late in the last election and were not counted. This bill would ensure Hoosiers have a longer time frame to return their absentee ballots.”

If an absentee ballot arrives after the election, the vote is not able to be counted. Saunders said this bill would help ensure every Hoosier vote counts.

House Bill 1311 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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