Saunders: Gov. Holcomb signs absentee ballot legislation into law

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Wednesday, May 8, 2019 3:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 8, 2019) — Gov. Eric Holcomb recently signed into law legislation authored by State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) helping to ensure absentee ballots are counted on time.

Hoosiers who are not able to make it to the polls on Election Day can request an absentee ballot application, which must be completed and returned no later than eight days before the election. Under the new law, this deadline would change to 12 days for certain applications.

“There were dozens of absentee ballots that arrived late and were not counted in Henry County this past election,” Saunders said. “If an absentee ballot arrives late, it goes uncounted. This law helps to ensure every Hoosier vote matters, which is critically important.”

Saunders said the current deadline for absentee applications to be submitted does not always give voters enough time to receive and submit their absentee ballots. This new law will help ensure the postal service can deliver the completed ballots to the clerk’s office so they can be counted prior to the election.

This new law will take effect July 1. Visit to learn more.


 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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