Enrolled Senate Bill (S)

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Voting matters. Provides that when a voter casts a straight party ticket in a general or municipal election, the voter is casting a ballot for all candidates of that party whose names appear on the ballot, except candidates for offices in a county or municipality for which more than one individual can be elected (county council member at large; city common council member at large; town council member at large; township board member at large). Groups such offices together on the general election ballot, and requires a voter to cast an individual vote for each candidate for such offices for Voting matters. Provides that when a voter casts a straight party ticket in a general or municipal election, the voter is casting a ballot for all candidates of that party whose names appear on the ballot, except candidates for offices in a county or municipality for which more than one individual can be elected (county council member at large; city common council member at large; town council member at large; township board member at large). Groups such offices together on the general election ballot, and requires a voter to cast an individual vote for each candidate for such offices for whom the voter wishes to vote. Revises ballot instructions to reflect the change in voting procedures. Provides that a county election board may require general instructions to voters that are required to be printed at the front of a ballot may instead be posted in each voting booth. Repeals superseded language related to split-ticket votes for declared write-in candidates. Specifies how voting systems required to make alterations to system firmware or software as a result of this amended procedure are to be tested and certified by the Indiana election commission for use in elections conducted after July 1, 2016. Updates references to incorporate amendments to the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines. Permits counties to continue to use certain voting systems whose certifications have expired if the voting system: (1) was approved by the Indiana election commission before October 1, 2017; (2) was acquired by the county before October 1, 2017; and (3) otherwise complies with Indiana election law and the federal Help America Vote Act. Makes technical corrections. ... View more