DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Indiana election commission. Provides that the secretary of state is the state's chief election official for all purposes. Increases the membership of the election commission, with six members appointed by the governor and the secretary of state a nonvoting member. Permits the secretary of state to break tie votes. Provides that an appointed member of the commission may not be a lobbyist, an officeholder for two years before appointment, or a political party officer (except for precinct committeeman, vice committeeman, or state convention delegate). Abolishes the process by which a state political party chairman disapproves of a governor's appointment to the commission. Provides for the election of the commission's chair and vice chair by the commission from the appointed members. Requires the chair and vice chair to be members of different political parties. Provides that after serving for two years, the individual elected chair becomes the vice chair and the individual elected vice chair becomes the chair. Increases the term of appointed commission members from two years to four years and staggers the terms. Removes certain provisions requiring the consent of the co-directors of the election division for state administration and implementation of the Help America Vote Act.