Various election matters.

Authors: Senator Pete Miller, Senator R Michael Young

Sponsors: Representative Kathy Richardson


Provides that the election division, rather than the Indiana election commission, approves a uniform set of election and registration forms for use throughout Indiana. Provides that a person who is physically present in a precinct for a temporary purpose does not gain residency in the precinct. Adds language concerning where a student attending a postsecondary educational institution may register to vote. Permits voter conversations and communications, including the use of cellular telephones and other electronic devices, in the polls as long as loud and disruptive conversations and electioneering do not occur. Prohibits a voter from taking a digital image or photograph of the voter's ballot except to document and report to a precinct election officer, county election board, or the division a problem with the functioning of the voting system. Prohibits distributing or sharing a digital image or photograph of a voter's ballot using social media or other means. Permits a voter to bring a list of candidates and public questions into the polling place (including a list stored on a cellular telephone or electronic device) for the voter's use in voting provided electioneering does not occur. Eliminates the rule that a vote cast for a deceased candidate in a primary election is void, and provides that if a deceased candidate receives the most votes in a primary election, a candidate vacancy occurs that the candidate's party may fill. Provides that a state party convention may nominate candidates for presidential electors and alternate electors and elect delegates and alternate delegates to the political party's national convention. (Under current law, a political party's state convention is required to perform these functions.) Provides that if a state party convention does not perform either or both of these functions, the functions shall be done as provided in the state party's rules. Requires the state recount commission to conduct a recount resulting from a statewide public question. 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. Requires certain information to be filed with the election division concerning judicial elections in Allen County, Monroe County, and Vanderburgh County. Makes other changes regarding the following: (1) Election filings with the secretary of state's office and the election division. (2) Challengers, pollbook holders, and watchers. (3) Transmitting National Voter Registration Act notices by electronic mail. (4) Voter registration applications. (5) Cancelling voter registrations. (6) Voting histories. (7) Disposition of civil penalties collected by county election boards. (8) Absentee ballot applications. (9) Submission of absentee ballot applications by electronic mail. (10) Signing absentee ballot applications by voters with disabilities. (11) The period during which a traveling absentee voter board may visit a voter at the voter's residence or place of confinement. (12) The effect of changes in census block data on precinct establishment orders. (13) Precinct size. (14) Voting and counting absentee ballots. (15) Preparing ballots in vote center counties. (16) Testing voting systems. (17) Certification of electronic poll books. (18) Use of electronic poll books for absentee voting. (19) Use of electronic poll books at vote centers. (20) Printing provisional ballots. (21) Filing statement of economic interests by individual who fills a candidate vacancy for a local or school board office. (22) Determining the end of the line of voters who are waiting to vote at the time the polls close.