Indiana Election Commission

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Republicans on the Indiana Election Commission rejected Democrats’ attempt Friday to loosen some restrictions for the June 2 primary election.

The state already pushed back the election from May in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. And the commission Friday approved more changes, such as limiting in-person voting to the week leading up to and including Election Day.

Indiana’s 2020 primary election will move to June 2 in response to COVID-19 concerns.

Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and state party leaders announced the unprecedented change Friday.

The leaders of Indiana’s two major political parties want all Hoosiers to be able to vote by mail in May’s primary.

The Indiana Election Commission recently approved the first paper backups for electronic voting machines.

But it could take up to a decade before such equipment is available to every county that needs it.

The Indiana Election Commission denied a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. (Brandon Smith/IPB News)
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The Indiana Election Commission denied Tuesday a challenge to Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s eligibility in the upcoming election. 

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The Indiana Election Commission will hold a hearing Friday in which all challenges for state and national seat ballot appearances are on the agenda. A total of ten candidates have been challenged.

One noteworthy hearing will be that of Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) who is running for U.S. Senate. Democrats are claiming Young is short on the signatures needed to appear on the ballot in the primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Young disagrees.

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Political sniping is ramping up between the two Republican candidates for Indiana’s open U-S Senate seat.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-3rd) officially challenged Rep. Todd Young’s (R-9th) candidacy Friday.  Stutzman’s action piles on a challenge filed earlier this week by the state Democratic Party.

Democrats filed a challenge earlier this week with the Indiana Election Division claiming Young doesn’t have the required number of signatures to be on the ballot. 

The Indiana Election Commission ruled Friday that Republican gubernatorial hopeful Jim Wallace will not be on the ballot in the primary. 

To be on the primary ballot for governor in Indiana, a candidate must have 500 certified signatures from each congressional district.  Businessman Jim Wallace only had 486 signatures affirmed in Marion County.  But Wallace argued that Marion County’s system was flawed and failed to certify signatures that were valid.  Election Commission chairman Dan Dumezich says Wallace didn’t do enough to prove that.