Hoosiers should not be asked to choose between exercising their right to vote and risking their health.

A NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE BALLOT should be available to all registered voters. This decision cannot be delayed; doing so endangers the election process and will result in confusion and lost votes.

PLEASE USE YOUR VOICE and ACT IMMEDIATELY.

  1. The decision to waive the requirement of an excuse on the absentee ballot application rests in the hands of the state Election Commission. Please email the Indiana Election Commission at elections@iec.in.gov
  2. Contact Governor Eric Holcomb’s office to voice your support for a NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE BALLOT:

Governor Holcomb, 200 W. Washington St., Rm. 206, Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-232-4567

Governor’s contact page: https://www.in.gov/gov/2752.htm

  1. Contact the Secretary of State Connie Lawson to voice support for a NO-EXCUSE ABSENTEE BALLOT.

Office of the Indiana Secretary of State 200 W. Washington St., Room 201 Indianapolis, IN 46204 E-mail: constituent@sos.IN.gov


Indiana Vote By Mail Files Preliminary Injunction

June 8, 2020

Indiana Vote By Mail Files Preliminary Injunction for No-Excuse Absentee Ballots for 2020 General Election
Indianapolis – Today, Indiana Vote By Mail and twelve named plaintiffs asked a federal court to grant a preliminary injunction against Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the members of the Indiana Election Commission seeking relief to require no-excuse absentee balloting for the 2020 General Election in November “Our lawsuit, filed on April 29th, 2020, seeks to remove the burdensome reasons required for Hoosiers to vote by absentee ballot. We are still in the throes of the pandemic, and voters should not be forced to choose between their right to vote and their health and safety,” said Barbara Tully, President of Indiana Vote By Mail.

Indiana Vote By Mail & Partners Send Letter To SOS Lawson, Election Commision & Gov Holcdomb

For Immediate Release

May 29th, 2020
 
Governor Holcomb, Secretary of State Lawson, and Members of the Indiana Election Commission:
Indiana is facing numerous challenges this election season. County clerks throughout the State have responded heroically to the flood of absentee ballot applications. But receiving, processing and mailing ballots to voters is but one part of the process. Voters need to receive their ballots in time to return them to election offices to be counted. Marion County Clerk Myla Eldridge is now issuing a dire warning that due to the unprecedented number of absentee ballots being mailed by Hoosiers, coupled with COVID-19-related staffing issues and significant delays at the U.S.Postal Service, the noon Election Day receipt deadline for counting mailed-in ballots will contribute to thousands of ballots going uncounted through no fault of either the voters or the election officials.
 
The noon Election Day deadline is arbitrary and makes no sense during the pandemic when 10-20 times the usual number of mailed ballots are being submitted and processed. That artificial deadline, a full six hours before the polls have closed, has become a significant barrier for innocent voters. The Indiana Election Commission moved every other deadline on the election calendar due to the unusual health crisis our nation and state are confronting. Why not also the noon Election Day deadline? The IEC must meet Monday, June 1, to deal with this impending disenfranchisement crisis.
 
We join Clerk Eldridge in her urgent plea that the Indiana Election Commission convene an emergency meeting on Monday morning to suspend the noon Election Day deadline and allow mailed ballots to be counted if postmarked on or before Election Day, and received by election offices up to six days later, or Monday, June 8.
 
Signed,
 


Indiana Vote By Mail Files New Lawsuit

On April 29, 2020, Indiana Vote By Mail, an Indiana public interest organization which seeks broader access to voting, along with 12 individual voters filed a class action lawsuit in Federal District Court against members of the Indiana Election Commission and Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson seeking an expansion of no-excuse mail-in absentee voting for the November 2020 General Election.

Indiana’s Primary Election

DATE CHANGE: June 2

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Indiana’s Primary Election has moved from May 5 to June 2.

  • Voter registration deadline extended to May 4.
  • Absentee ballot (vote-by-mail) requests are due May 21.
  • Ballots must be received by noon on Election Day.

Request an absentee ballot at by calling the Indiana Election Division at (317) 232-3939. You may also contact your county clerk for information. Or go to Indiana Voters To print.

Print the Indiana absentee application: ABS-MAIL PRIMARY 2020

The link will take you directly to the Indiana ballot application.






Indiana Vote By Mail Files Lawsuit

Today, October 17, 2019, Indiana Vote By Mail filed a lawsuit against the Indiana Election Commission and Secretary of State Connie Lawson for the State’s certification of direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines used in 58 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

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All of us want to believe in the integrity of Indiana’s electoral process. Preserving the integrity of our elections is crucial to the survival of our democracy.

Increasingly, there is distrust of elections conducted via direct-recording electronic (DRE) machines. Many experts have issued warnings for years about all-electronic voting. And many on both sides of the aisle believe the time is now to transition expeditiously to all paper ballot elections.

DRE machines provide no paper trail for voters to ensure votes are recorded as cast or for election officials to verify votes are counted as cast.

The State plans to decertify non-voter-verified-paper-audit-trail (non-VVPAT) machines by 2030. Indiana’s plan to retro-fit DRE machines over a period of up to 10 years with a VVPAT has a high cost for taxpayers to bear and leaves many voters exposed to unverifiable voting in the interim. This long term plan shows that Indiana is not doing all that it can to ensure the integrity of our elections.

This is simply unacceptable.

Indiana can do better.

Indiana Vote By Mail believes there is a better way forward.

Here is our roadmap for safe, secure and fiscally responsible election reform resulting in all paper ballot elections in Indiana:

  1.  Use robust vote-at-home practices adopted by other states like, Oregon (2000), Washington (2005), Colorado (2013), and Utah (2019). Many other states are rapidly moving toward these measures as well.
  2. Three ways for Indiana to move toward adopting vigorous standards and fiscally responsible practices for vote-at-home:
    1. No excuse absentee balloting
    2. Permanent no excuse absentee balloting
    3. Permitting a pilot program for counties to opt INTO robust vote-at-home practices.

Indiana Vote by Mail is ready to fight for Indiana voters to restore integrity and trust in our elections by requiring paper ballots for all voters.

Please join us today in our effort to bring meaningful election reform to Indiana and donate to our cause (below) today.

Thank you!


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How Does Vote By Mail Work?

  • Ballots are mailed to every registered voter prior to election
  • Voter fills out ballot at home – or where convenient
  • Voter can return ballot
    •  By postal mail
    • In a secure drop box
    • At a vote center, early or on election day
  • Voters can choose to vote in person on election day at a vote center
  • Ballots are secure and trackable throughout the process

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Why Vote by Mail?

  • Highly secure
  • Saves taxpayer money
  • Prevents fraud
  • Simplifies elections
  • Has 100% paper trail
  • Eliminates long voter lines
  • Creates more informed voters
  • Offers choice in how to vote

Vote by Mail: The simple voting reform that protects against voter fraud

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From Colorado Public Radio

Colorado’s processes are very good at catching attempts to commit voter fraud. We are working to improve our processes and prosecute those who break the law,” Secretary of State Wayne Williams said in a statement.

Vote by Mail Saves Money in Colorado

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From Pew Charitable Trusts Study:

“Colorado Voting Reforms: Early Results”

Costs decreased by an average of 40 percent in five election administration-related categories. The 46 (of 64) counties with data available spent about $9.56 per vote in the 2014 general election, compared withnearly $16 in 2008.


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Utah Election Officials Support Vote by Mail Security

From the Deseret News:

As your county and state election administrators, we want you to know that your elections are solidly secure and implement top-of-the-line processes.

We’re often asked questions about elections. The most common is, “How do you keep people from voting twice?” The process is set and clear. Every voter has a unique code assigned to them. Whether voting in person or by mail, we take your first submission. If a voter attempts to vote twice, we only count the first ballot that we process (and the voter will likely get a call from our County Attorney). There are no exceptions to this rule.


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From Nebraska, “Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan”

For voters in three northeast Nebraska counties, Election Day no longer means a trip to the polls. Knox, Cedar and Dixon counties have switched to mail-only balloting for all of their elections. Cedar and Dixon counties made the change in December, while Knox County joined them last month. The switch to mail-only for an entire county means all voters will decide races and ballot measures without setting foot inside a polling place. […]

“We have been working to update our voter registration lists and the addresses of voters,” Fischer said. “Plus, we have forged a working relationship with the postal department.”

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What Is Indiana Vote by Mail?

Indiana Vote by Mail legislation will provide Hoosiers the freedom to vote from their home or at a polling site. Just imagine, no more long voting lines or rushing through after-work traffic to get to a polling site by 6 pm. Indiana Vote by Mail provides protection against fraud and hacking—protections above and beyond Indiana’s current election system, and Indiana Vote by Mail will save Indiana taxpayers an estimated $4.4 million dollars.We are a non-partisan organization.


Hoosiers Love Colorado Vote By Mail

Former Hoosier Jan talks about how much she and her husband love voting by mail in Colorado.


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