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SB 71 (Absentee voting for the elderly and disabled). Provides that an elderly voter or a voter with disabilities may apply for permanent absentee voter status. Provides that absentee ballots would be sent automatically to voters who have permanent absentee voter status. Died in committee.

SB 144 (School board elections). Prohibits school board candidacies by teachers and certain other employees of that school system. Allows school board candidates to add party affliation to the general election ballot. Died in committee.

SB 221 (Absentee voting). Allows absentee voting by all eligible voters. Died in committee.

SB 279 (Election of school board members). Allows school boards to “change the school corporation’s organizational plan” to provide that school board candidates “are elected in a nonpartisan election or as all other elected offices are elected.” Died in committee.

SB 329 (Various election law matters). Similar to legislation that stopped short of passage in 2021, would limit the state’s authority to reschedule elections and tighten the application process for absentee ballots. Died in committee.

SJR 14 (Redistricting commission). “Repeals the constitutional provision for drawing legislative districts by the general assembly. Requires the general assembly to establish an independent redistricting commission to draw congressional and legislative districts.” Died in committee.

HB 1042 (Various school board matters). “Provides that the primary voting history of each candidate for school board office for the two most recent primary elections must be indicated on the ballot and if a candidate did not vote in the most recent primary elections, that fact must also be stated.” Died in committee.

HB 1116 (Electronic voting machines). As introduced, included provisions requiring “a voter verifiable audit paper trail for electronic voting systems,” including the acceleration of the deadline for counties to implement it. Amended in House committee to add provisions requiring voters who apply for absentee ballots to attest that they won’t be able to vote in person at any time during the 28 days before Election Day, as part of an affidavit already required under state law that applicants provide “under penalty of perjury,” (a provision removed from the bill in a Senate amendment) and a provision that applicants must provide their Indiana drivers license number or the last four digits of their social security number. Signed into law.

HB 1145 (School board elections).  “Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated.” Died in committee.

HB  1151 (Automatic voter registration). “Provides that an application to obtain or renew a motor vehicle driver’s license or permit or an identification card serves as a voter registration application unless the applicant expressly declines on the application to register to vote,” and “that a voter becomes registered to vote when the county voter registration office determines the voter appears to be eligible to vote at the address on the voter’s voter registration application.” Died in committee.

HB 1182 (School board elections).  “Provides that for school board offices, each candidate’s affiliation with a political party or status as an independent candidate must be stated on the ballot.” Died in committee.

HB 1220 (Absentee voting). ” Requires all absentee ballot applications sent by an entity other than the county clerk’s office to have a disclaimer that the application was sent unsolicited and to list the organization responsible for sending the application. Provides that an agency of the state or a political subdivision may not provide an individual with an application for an absentee ballot unless requested by the individual,” and that applicants must provide their Indiana drivers license number or the last four digits of their social security number. Died in committee.

HB 1240 (School board elections). “Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated, beginning after 2022.” Died in committee.

HB 1305 (School board elections). “Requires candidates for school board offices to be nominated in the same manner as candidates for all other elected offices are nominated, beginning with the 2022 primary election.” Died in committee.

HB 1317 (Various election law matters). “Prohibits the Indiana election commission from: (1) instituting, increasing, or expanding vote by mail or absentee vote by mail; and (2) changing the time, place, or manner of holding an election. Prohibits a person from providing an absentee ballot application with the driver’s license number or last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number already printed on the form. Requires an applicant for an absentee ballot application to include the driver’s license number or last four digits of the individual’s Social Security number. Prohibits the governor from changing, during a declared disaster emergency, the time, place, or manner of holding an election. Requires a risk-limiting audit to be conducted after each election before the results are certified.” Died in committee.

HJR 6 (Redistricting commission). Constitutional amendment requiring “the general assembly to establish a commission to draw congressional and legislative districts not later than July 1, 2027.” Died in committee.

From 2021:

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, amended in House, died in conference committee.

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. Signed into law.

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. Signed into law.

HB 1479 (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. Signed into law..

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.