Authors: Representative Kathy Richardson
Co-authors: Representative Philip GiaQuinta, Representative Casey Cox, Representative Anthony Cook
Sponsors: Senator Greg Walker, Senator Pete Miller
Provides that money received from civil penalties collected by a county election board may be used for any purpose relating to implementation of Indiana election law in the county. Increases from 1,200 to 2,000 the maximum number of active voters who may reside in a precinct. Provides that in a county that uses electronic poll books for absentee voting in the office of the circuit court clerk or at a satellite office, a voter is not required to file an absentee ballot application but is required only to sign the absentee ballot affidavit and the electronic poll book. Provides that any voter may submit an absentee ballot application by electronic mail. (Under current law only absent uniformed service voters, overseas voters, and address confidentiality voters are permitted to submit an application by electronic mail.) Permits a county election board of a county that is not a vote center county to authorize the use of electronic poll books either: (1) during early voting at the circuit court clerk's office and at satellite offices and in the county's precincts on election day; or (2) only during early voting at the clerk's office and satellite offices. Requires that an absentee ballot marked and forwarded by a voter who subsequently dies be counted if the absentee ballot would otherwise be entitled to be counted if the voter had not died. Lengthens the period during which a traveling absentee voter board may visit a voter at the voter's place of confinement or residence from 12 days before an election to 19 days before an election. Provides that the statute prohibiting the use of an automatic dialing-announcing device does not apply to messages to voters from a county election board, a county board of elections and registration, or a county voter registration office.