Christina Hale for Congress US House of Representatives
IN Voter Registration Deadline Oct 5, 29 days before Nov 3, 2020.
- Stage 3 -- No excuse required to vote by mail
Online registration available
• Indiana: The NAACP and Common Cause have filed a federal lawsuit challenging an Indiana law that requires absentee ballots be received by officials by noon on Election Day in order to count. The plaintiffs argue that this law violates the Constitution and instead want ballots to count so long as they are postmarked by Election Day and received within 10 days. They also want officials to adopt "the mail-in ballot tracking capability provided by the United States Postal Service."
Indiana: Indiana Republicans have passed a law that withdraws the state from the bipartisan Electronic Registration Information Center, which is used in a majority of states run by both parties to maintain accurate and up-to-date voter rolls. Instead, the state will use its own system, which could expose it to renewed litigation.
This change comes after Indiana had to withdraw from the infamous Interstate Crosscheck system championed by Republicans such as former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach after multiple federal courts blocked the state from using it over its security flaws and inaccuracy. One report found Crosscheck would yield more than one hundred false positives for every improper duplicate registration it found. Kansas Republicans agreed to shut down Crosscheck "for the foreseeable future" late last year.
A lawsuit filed in 2017 against Indiana's use of Crosscheck argued that the GOP used it to illegally purge the voter rolls without notifying voters. Switching to this new system could put the state in violation of federal law, which requires notifying voters before any cancellation. The plaintiffs in the Crosscheck case are awaiting judgment from the court but said that they would challenge this latest law.
Indiana: Voting rights advocates have filed a federal lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of a law that Republicans passed in 2019 to prohibit voters, parties, and candidates from asking a court to keep polling locations open past 6 PM local time on Election Day if there are problems with voting. Under current law, only bipartisan county election boards can ask a court to extend polling hours, and only after a unanimous vote.
The plaintiffs argue that this law violates the First and 14th Amendments and has a disparate impact on Black and Latino voters. Alongside Kentucky, Indiana is the only state that closes its polls at 6 PM on Election Day (all others close 7 PM or later), and this early closure makes it difficult to vote for people who work on Election Day or are caregivers for children or family members.
• Indiana: Indiana's bipartisan Election Commission has unanimously waived the state's requirement that voters who wish to vote absentee in June's presidential and downballot primaries provide an excuse in order to do so.
• Indiana: Republicans in the state Senate and in a state House committee have passed a bill to revive a highly flawed method for purging voter registrations following two federal court rulings that blocked the system they had previously been using. The bill would create a state-run version of the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck, which was championed by Kansas' former Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach and had an astronomically high rate of false positives when trying to find voters who were supposedly registered in multiple states improperly.
Kobach and the GOP had used these almost entirely false matches to purge voters without notifying them—and to gin up support for new voting restrictions. However, a defeat in court last year led to the program's suspension. If, though, Indiana's new bill passes, Republicans could once more remove voters from the rolls without notifying them, which opponents have denounced as a violation of federal law and implied will face future litigation. Republicans dominate state government, meaning this bill could soon become law.