Rep. Wesco works to expand early voting in Indiana

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Wednesday, February 3, 2021

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 3, 2021) – State Rep. Tim Wesco's (R-Osceola) bill to expand early voting opportunities for Hoosiers took a step forward Monday after the House Elections and Apportionment Committee unanimously voted in support of it.

Wesco, chair of the committee, said currently early voting must be open for seven hours on the two Saturdays ahead of Election Day.  Under Wesco's proposal, the circuit court clerk would have the option of opening for at least four hours the third Saturday before Election Day.

"Early, in-person voting is popular for many Hoosier voters as it helps them avoid lines and work it into their busy schedules," Wesco said. "We want to give people every opportunity possible to cast their ballot early and in person."

He said in order to open a satellite voting office for a third Saturday, the county election board must first pass a resolution providing the circuit court clerk with authorization

House Bill 1479 now heads to the full House of Representatives for further consideration. For more information, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21,  which includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

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