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Bills we’re tracking

SB 58 and HB 1226 (Vote centers). Requires that a vote center county must establish at least one vote center in each municipality located in the county. Both died in committee.

SB 103 (Redistricting standards). Provisions include that as much as feasibly possible no district may be created so as to unduly favor any person or political party. Died in committee.

SB 291 (Early voting). Requires a county election board to establish at least one satellite location or one for each 30,000 active voters. Requires that an absentee ballot marked and forwarded by a voter who subsequently dies be counted. Died in committee.

SB 353 (Various election law matters). As introduced, would have required an individual to show proof of citizenship to register to vote and post-election “risk-limiting audits.’’ Amended in committee to remove those provisions and to add the provision that only the Indiana General Assembly has the authority to set the “time, place or manner” of an election. Passed Senate, referred to House.

SB 398 (Various election matters). Provisions include extending the deadline for receipt of absentee ballots from noon to 6 p.m. on Election Day and allowing all counties rather than Marion County only to open absentee ballot envelopes by machine. Passed Senate, referred to House.

HB 1130 (Ballot access for minor parties).  Provides that the term “major political party” refers to: (1) with respect to the state, any of the parties whose nominees received more than 2,500 votes statewide for secretary of state in the last election; or (2) with respect to a political subdivision, any of the parties whose nominees received more than 250 votes in that political subdivision for secretary of state in the last election. Died in committee.

HB 1133 (Vote by mail). Requires that all elections be conducted by mail beginning in 2024. Died in committee.

HB 1134 (Nomination of candidates). Would require Libertarian candidates to gather 4,500 signatures of registered voters (500 from each congressional district) for ballot access. Current law requires only that the party’s candidate receive 2% in the previous general election for secretary of state. Removed from House calendar.

HB 1216 (Ranked choice voting for local elections). Allows municipalities, counties and school districts to implement ranked-choice voting in their elections. Ranked-choice voting allows voters to choose multiple candidates by ranking them in order of preference. Died in committee.

HB 1301 (Same day registration).  Permits a voter to register at the polls by completing a form and an affirmation that they have not voted elsewhere in the election and by providing proof of residence. Their ballot would then be treated as a provisional ballot. Died in committee.

HB 1330 (Automatic voter registration). Provides that an application to obtain or renew a driver’s license also can serve as a voter registration application. Died in committee.

HB 1384 (Civics education). Requires the state to establish standards for civics education and that students in grades 6, 7 or 8 complete a semester of civics education. Passed House, referred to Senate.

HB 1439 (Early voting). Provides that counties may authorize satellite locations for in-person absentee voting for at least four hours on the third Saturday preceding election day. Passed House, referred to Senate.

HB 1477 (Processing absentee ballots). Provides that absentee ballots may be scanned, but not tabulated, before election day. Died in committee.

HB 1512 (Notice of polling location, voter access). Includes provisions relating to accessible voting locations, including that elderly voters or those with disabilities be granted immediate access to vote. Died in committee.