HB 1116 would require a voter to certify, under penalty of perjury, that they can’t vote in person on Election Day or during the state’s 28-day early voting period in order to vote absentee by mail. Make no mistake, this language is not meant to encourage voters to vote in-person, it is meant to intimidate voters from voting absentee.  
 
Indiana’s laws around absentee voting are already incredibly restrictive. In fact, we are currently in the minority of states requiring voters to cite a specific reason for applying to vote absentee.  
 
The more Hoosiers participate in the electoral process, the more our state and country flourish as a democracy. Indiana lawmakers should work together to eliminate barriers to the ballot box, not add more unnecessary hurdles. 

Authors

Rep. Timothy Wesco

Status

Amended

Bill number

Position

Oppose