DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Polling place and voting machine accessibility. Provides that an elderly voter or a voter with disabilities may apply for permanent absentee ballot status. Entitles elderly voters and disabled voters to be provided with ballots and other election materials in the format requested by the voter. Appropriates 10% of the money received by the state under Section 101 of the Help America Vote Act for training election officials, poll workers, and election volunteers. Requires the co-directors of the election division to apply for payments under the Help America Vote Act to make polling places accessible to elderly voters and voters with disabilities and appropriates any money received. Requires voting systems to meet accessibility requirements not later than January 1, 2006. Requires the circuit court clerk rather than the county executive to designate polling places. Requires polling places to be located in facilities accessible to elderly voters and voters with disabilities not later than January 1, 2006. Establishes standards for accessible facilities and accessible voting systems. Appropriates all money received by the Indiana protection and advocacy services commission from the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services under the Help America Vote Act for activities to ensure full participation in the electoral process for individuals with disabilities. Requires the circuit court clerk to send a notice to a provisional voter whose ballot is not counted stating the reason the voter's ballots were not counted.