House Bill 1557
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Various election law matters. (1) Provides that an identification document issued by the Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine, or the Indiana National Guard that has an indefinite expiration date, an identification issued by an approved institution of higher learning, or a Medicare card is an acceptable proof of identification to vote. (2) Provides that an individual confined to a long term care facility may not be challenged solely on the basis that the address on the individual's application for an absentee ballot differs from the address shown on the individual's voter registration record. (3) Restates county reimbursement procedures for attending the annual election administrators' conference. (4) Provides that certain individuals under the supervision of the criminal justice system may not be employed by a county board of voter registration. (5) Provides that a person who is subject to lawful detention but has not been convicted of a crime is eligible to register and vote until the person has been convicted of a crime and imprisoned following conviction. (6) Specifies the content of statewide voter registration system reports. (7) Specifies certain procedures in connection with voter list maintenance, and updates procedures for address changes of voter registration records in the statewide voter registration system. (8) Permits a county voter registration office to return to a candidate for President of the United States, United States Senator, or governor, after the petition is certified, an original petition that accompanies a declaration of candidacy. (9) Requires that a state chairman of a political party (in addition to a county chairman) certify that a candidate is a member of the political party with which a candidate claims affiliation. (10) Changes several dates concerning the certification of ballot questions and devices to conform to the date in current law for the certification of candidates. (11) Permits the dissolution of a committee without the waiver of outstanding civil penalties previously imposed on the committee, and specifies that the chairman or treasurer of the committee remains liable for any committee debts. (12) Requires that county voter registration records be updated not later than 60 days after election day or after completion of a recount or contest. (13) Allows an overseas voter to transmit an absentee ballot application by electronic mail. (14) Provides that poll clerks and assistant poll clerks may ask a voter to show proof of identification. (15) Provides that a voter who executes an affidavit at the polls and is indigent or has a religious objection to being photographed is not required to present proof of identification. (16) Permits a voter who is qualified to vote in person to vote by absentee ballot. Removes all other qualifications for a voter to vote by absentee ballot except for a voter with disabilities who is unable to make a voting mark on the ballot or sign the absentee ballot secrecy envelope. (Such a disabled voter is currently required to vote before an absentee voter board.) (17) Provides that a voter in line behind voters in the chute at the time the polls close is entitled to vote unless the voter is otherwise not qualified to vote. (18) Provides that when a voter votes as an absentee voter, the voter's signature on the absentee ballot affidavit shall be compared with the signature on the voter's voter registration record. (19) Permits all absentee ballot envelopes and related voter applications that will be sent to the same precinct to be enclosed in the same carrier envelope. (20) Provides that the voting system technical oversight program account is nonreverting. (21) Provides that voters who reside within the area of a municipality located in a vote center pilot county may vote using vote center pilot county procedures. (22) Provides for the counting of an absentee ballot received by the county election board before the close of the polls on election day if the ballot is not otherwise successfully challenged. (23) Requires the secretary of state to publish an analysis of provisional voting in Indiana for each year in which a general or a municipal election is held. (24) Requires the counting of a ballot that has been marked and cast by a voter in compliance with election law, but otherwise may not be counted solely as the result of the act or failure to act of an election officer unless evidence of fraud, tampering, or misconduct affecting the integrity of the ballot is presented. (25) Makes the beginning date of absentee voting in the clerk's office or a satellite office one day later than under current law. (26) Requires a rejected absentee ballot to be treated as a provisional ballot. Requires the county election board to send a notice to a voter whose absentee ballot has been rejected providing certain information. Requires the county election board to meet before noon ten days after an election to provide a provisional voter an opportunity to make a presentation in support of the validity of the voter's provisional ballot and to determine which provisional ballots shall be counted. Makes certain procedural changes in processing provisional ballots. (27) Requires the judges, in the presence of the inspector, to take all reasonable actions to register a voter's vote when the voter voting on a direct record electronic voting machine has left the voting both without recording the voter's votes.
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