INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Election Commission is announcing new procedures for the to make it easier for Hoosiers to vote in the June 2 Primary Election. Governor Eric Holcomb previously moved the primary from May 5 to June 2.
The Commission’s order includes the following changes, which all apply to the June Primary only:
- Moves all election dates by 28 days.
- Avoids reprinting ballots and other forms that have the May 5th, 2020 date.
- Allows everyone to cast an absentee ballot by mail without having a specific reason to do so.
- Grandfathers applications already received for an absentee ballot, which did not state an excuse permitting the person to vote by mail.
- Permits county election boards to conduct meetings electronically rather than in person.
- Encourages counties to appoint medical professionals to act as traveling absentee boards to help voters confined in medical facilities to cast a ballot.
- Permits family members and caregivers of a confined voter to personally deliver and return a ballot.
- Allows county election boards to consolidate voting locations and vote center sites and to take spacing measures to ensure the safety of voters.
- Loosens restrictions on students who wish to serve as poll workers or absentee board members.
- Allows county election boards to begin expeditiously counting ballots at 6 a.m. on Election Day.
- Advises county election boards that election results must be determined by 3 p.m. on June 12th.
The complete order detailing each change is available at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2404.htm.