Indiana adopts new procedures for June 2 Primary Election
The Indiana Election Commission has issued an order making it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2 Primary Election.
Some of the changes:
- Moves all election dates by 28 days.
- Avoids reprinting ballots and other forms that have the May 5, 2020 date.
- Allows everyone to cast an absentee ballot by mail without having a specific reason to do so.
- Grandfathers applications already received for an absentee ballot, which did not state an excuse permitting the person to vote by mail.
- Permits county election boards to conduct meetings electronically rather than in person.
- Encourages counties to appoint medical professionals to act as traveling absentee boards to help voters confined in medical facilities to cast a ballot.
- Permits family members and caregivers of a confined voter to personally deliver and return a ballot.
- Allows county election boards to consolidate voting locations and vote center sites and to take spacing measures to ensure the safety of voters.
- Loosens restrictions on students who wish to serve as poll workers or absentee board members.
- Allows county election boards to begin expeditiously counting ballots at 6 a.m. on Election Day.
- Advises county election boards that election results must be determined by 3 p.m. on June 12.
“As we take precautions to protect Hoosiers from the threat of COVID-19, it is vitally important to protect citizens’ right to vote,” said Secretary Lawson. “I am pleased that our bi-partisan recommendations have been adopted, and I thank the Indiana Election Commission for their expeditious work. With these changes, I am confident our primary will move forward with minimal disruption.”
The Commission will meet again on April 22, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. ET. If you would like to comment on the order or other topics related to the primary election, please submit comments to [email protected].
You can check your registration status or request an absentee ballot here