Wesco's bill to expand early voting heads to governor

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky  | Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 8, 2021) – Hoosiers could have more opportunities to vote early in the next election under a proposal authored by State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osecola) and sent to Gov. Eric Holcomb for consideration as a new law.

"In-person absentee voting is a popular way Hoosiers can cast their ballots early," Wesco said. "While many prefer to vote on Election Day, we want to ensure every eligible voter who wants to make their voice heard has the chance to. It is my hope that this legislation will help more Hoosiers exercise their right to vote and communities will take advantage of these new opportunities as they are needed during our next election."

Wesco, chair of the House Elections and Apportionment Committee, said under his legislation, a county election board could authorize the circuit court clerk to establish a satellite office for in-person early voting for at least four hours the third Saturday before Election Day. Currently, absentee-in-person voting must be open for 7 hours on the two Saturdays ahead of Election Day.

House Enrolled Act 1479 received approval from the Indiana House of Representatives and Indiana Senate, and is now eligible for action by the governor. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more.

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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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