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House Bill (S)

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Miscellaneous election law matters. Allows an individual who is an unopposed candidate for township office to be appointed and serve as a precinct election officer at any vote center if certain conditions are met. Abolishes city and town conventions for nomination of candidates for municipal offices. Abolishes town election boards. Provides that except as otherwise specifically provided by a statute, a local public question may be placed on the ballot only at the following elections: (1) A general election. (2) A municipal general election, but only if the election district for the public question is contained entirely within a municipality. Miscellaneous election law matters. Allows an individual who is an unopposed candidate for township office to be appointed and serve as a precinct election officer at any vote center if certain conditions are met. Abolishes city and town conventions for nomination of candidates for municipal offices. Abolishes town election boards. Provides that except as otherwise specifically provided by a statute, a local public question may be placed on the ballot only at the following elections: (1) A general election. (2) A municipal general election, but only if the election district for the public question is contained entirely within a municipality. Provides that if a precinct is divided to assign some of the territory of the precinct to a municipality because of an annexation, any part of the divided precinct may form a separate precinct that does not comply with the requirement that a precinct may not be established with fewer than 600 active voters. Authorizes a county executive to request from the Indiana election commission a waiver of the requirement that a precinct must have at least 600 active voters. Provides that in order for a precinct committeeman or a precinct vice committeeman (exercising the precinct committeeman's proxy) to participate in a caucus to fill a vacancy, the committeeman or vice committeeman must be entitled to vote for the office for which a successor is to be selected in the caucus. Provides that an individual who is at least 16 years of age but younger than 18 years of age may perform certain functions relating to absentee voting if the individual satisfies certain criteria. Provides that the adoption, rescission, or amendment of a vote center plan does not require the unanimous vote of the entire membership of the board if: (1) a majority vote of the entire membership of the board votes to adopt, rescind, or amend the vote center plan; and (2) at least two of the members of the board voting to adopt, rescind, or amend the vote center plan are members of different political parties. Requires the inclusion of language on a ballot or voting system to tell the voter that the voter is not required to vote a straight party ticket. Establishes a procedure for processing the absentee ballot of a voter who fails to complete the casting of the voter's absentee ballot before an absentee voter board. Establishes a procedure for a member of the state recount commission to appoint a proxy. Establishes an administrative procedure to remove a township board member who is no longer a resident of the township. Makes conforming changes. ... View more