INDIANAPOLIS — Governor Eric Holcomb joined Secretary of State Connie Lawson, Republican Party Chair Kyle Hupfer and Democratic Party Chair John Zody Friday to announce an agreement to move the date of this year’s Indiana primary election from May 5 to June 2.
All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to mailed 45 days prior to the primary election, so they’ll move 45 days prior to June 2.
Protecting the health of poll workers, many of whom are elderly, was a primary concern.
Gov. Holcomb signed an executive order to suspend Indiana’s election statute and move the dates.
Holcomb, Lawson, Hupfer and Zody made the following recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission.
Suspend absentee by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election.
Allow county clerks to continually mail ballots from now through 12 days out from the new primary election date.
Confirm ballots with a May 5, 2020 date will be valid.
Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of traveling boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients.
Give family members the ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently only a member of a voter’s household may take possession of their ballot.
Indiana Election Commission Chairman Paul Okeson has called a meeting of the Indiana Election Commission on Wednesday, March 25 at 10 a.m. to discuss the recommendations. The meeting will be held in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse.
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