Zody statement on Election Commission meeting

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody issued the following statement after the Indiana Election Commission moved the state’s primary election to June 2, signed off on no-excuse vote by mail for every Hoosier voter, and took further action to expand voting rights for the primary election.

“This is a historic expansion of Hoosiers’ voting rights. For the first time, any Hoosier who wants will be able to vote by mail. I’m grateful for the action taken to remove barriers to the ballot box and protect Hoosiers’ safety. Hoosiers shouldn’t have to choose between putting their health at risk and exercising their constitutional right to vote. In addition to moving to no-fault absentee voting for the primary, the Commission took action to allow for greater flexibility in how ballots and traveling voting boards are managed and committed to expanding opportunities to apply for an absentee ballot.

“The Commission has committed to meeting again on April 22 to discuss the pieces needed to conduct the June 2 primary entirely by mail, as well as how we can best conduct our State Convention in June.

“The authority to move the primary election rests with the Election Commission and the General Assembly. Today’s action affirms that authority and takes major steps to ensure the health and safety of Hoosiers, while expanding their options to vote on June 2.”

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The order discussed in the Election Commission meeting is available for download: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/Indiana%20Election%20Commission%20Order%202020-37.pdf