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The Indiana House concurred Tuesday with the Senate’s amendments to House Bill 1334, which would increase requirements for absentee voters, in a 64-30 vote, sending it to Gov. Eric Holcomb’s desk. The bill was authored by Rep. Timothy Wesco, R-Osceola.

Under the bill, an agency of the state or political subdivision may not provide an individual with an application for an absentee ballot unless requested by the individual or a member of their family.

The bill would also have the absentee ballot application require that applicants include certain identification numbers or a photocopy of the person’s photo identification.

Groups such as Indiana Vote by Mail and Common Cause Indiana opposed the legislation, saying it would limit voting in a state already plagued with poor turnout and penalize those most dependent on casting an absentee ballot.

“It creates a number of different pitfalls, and because Indiana’s vote by mail law is very restrictive; 66% of the people utilizing it are senior citizens or people with disabilities,’’ said Julia Vaughn of Indiana Common Cause.

Rep. Tonya Pfaff (above), D-Terre Haute, opposed the bill.

“It is unnecessary to make it more difficult for the elderly … or those serving in the military to vote. It won’t make elections safer and only serves to hamper democracy. Please vote no,” Pfaff said.

Xain Ballenger is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. 

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