Soliday files legislation to improve Porter County elections

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Wednesday, January 9, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 9, 2019) – State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) recently filed legislation that would improve efficiency and accountability in Porter County elections.

If passed, the number of officials on the Porter County Election Board would increase from three to five, all absentee and early voting ballots would have to be counted at a central location, and all employees would be subject to the rules in the county employee policy manual.

“The voters of Porter County deserve a transparent and efficient election process,” Soliday said. “After reviewing the issues that emerged during the 2018 Porter County election and discussing these issues with local officials from both parties and the Secretary of State’s office, we’ve drafted this legislation in an effort to improve the Porter County election process.”

Soliday said the legislation would also institute an anti-nepotism clause, providing that an appointed member of the county election board cannot be related any person with the authority to appoint them.

This bill has been assigned to the House Elections and Apportionment Committee and is eligible for amendments made by the committee.

Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about House Bill 1217.

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State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) represents House
District 4, which includes a portion of Porter County. 
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