NewsPublic Affairs / April 30, 2020

Vote-By-Mail Group Sues State To Force Vote By Mail In November

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Indiana Vote By Mail and 12 Hoosiers filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the Indiana Election Commission.  - Lauren Chapman/IPB News

Indiana Vote By Mail and 12 Hoosiers filed a federal lawsuit against Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the Indiana Election Commission.

Lauren Chapman/IPB News

A group dedicated to pursuing vote-by-mail for every Hoosier in every election is suing the state to help make that a reality this fall.

The nonprofit and 12 Hoosiers filed a federal lawsuit this week against Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the Indiana Election Commission.

The aptly-named Indiana Vote By Mail brought the suit to force the state to allow absentee vote-by-mail for all voters in the November general election.

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That option was already made possible for the June 2 primary election, due to COVID-19 concerns.

Generally, voters are only normally allowed to cast absentee mail-in ballots if they are unable vote in-person at all on Election Day – for instance, if they'll be out of state.

The voter advocacy non-profit says without expanded vote-by-mail this fall, some Hoosiers will have to choose between risking their health by voting in person, or not voting at all.

The Secretary of State’s office declined to comment.

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