House to consider Saunders’ absentee ballot legislation

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Friday, February 15, 2019 3:15 pm

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 15, 2019) — The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday will consider State Rep. Tom Saunders’ (R-Lewisville) legislation extending the time for citizens to send in absentee ballots.

Through Saunders’ proposed legislation, Hoosiers would have more time to get their absentee ballots into the polls and increase the chances of their ballot arriving on time in order to be counted.

“I have heard of ballots being received as late as December, and that is a real problem,” Saunders said. “We have citizens whose votes may not be counted. Clerk’s offices from around the state, which receive the ballots, have voiced concerns about this issue and the need to receive ballots earlier. This bill could solve this issue and help ensure every Hoosier vote counts.”

The legislation would require certain applications for absentee ballots to be received no later than 12 days before the date of an election. Currently, applications must be received no later than eight days before an election. This would enable Hoosiers to receive their application faster and have more time to vote.

Saunders said hundreds of ballots arrived late in the last election across the state and were not counted.

The House session will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Monday at the Statehouse. Visit iga.in.gov to watch the House session live and learn more about House Bill 1311.

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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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