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In America, our responsibility as citizens is to vote. Your state government’s responsibility is to protect that vote. How is your state doing on holding up its end of the bargain?

 

 SAFEGUARD A: PROOF OF RESIDENCY 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD B: ID + SIGNATURE VERIFICATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 SAFEGUARD C: VERIFIED REGISTRATION 

SAFEGUARD IN MAIL-IN?

X

SAFEGUARD IN ABSENTEE?

 IS MAIL-IN VOTING IN PLACE? 

NO

Election Day

PROBLEM: While some Indiana groups push for more mail-in voting, procedural and bureaucratic problems plagued the mail-heavy primary.

  • For the 2020 primary election, delayed from April to June 2, Indiana allowed residents to vote absentee without an excuse
     

  • Some counties, including Marion County (where Indianapolis is located), sent absentee ballot applications to every registered, eligible voter

  • A group of plaintiffs, including a nonprofit group called Indiana Vote by Mail and 12 state residents, sued the Secretary of State to extend the absentee option to all voters in the November general election
     

  • Weeks after the primary, problems persisted: almost 2,000 ballots were still uncounted in Marion County, Indiana two weeks after the election, and the Post Office had mistakes and delays throughout Indiana

KNOW THE FACTS ABOUt indiana

WHERE CAN I FIND MY POLLING PLACE?

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF VOTERS CAST VOTES BY MAIL IN 2016 & 2018?

2016: 33%     2018: 33%

IS THE VOTING SYSTEM SET UP FOR ABSENTEE OR MAIL-IN VOTING?

Absentee Voting: Voters complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to their Elections Office before they are sent a ballot

CAN I REQUEST AND SUBMIT AN ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR ANY REASON?

No – Reasons for voting absentee include: being out of town, being confined to a hospital or institution, disability or primary caretaker for a person with a disability, being 65 years or older, being a poll worker, work, religious observation, being a member of the military, or unable to have transportation to the polls.

HOW DO OFFICIALS VERIFY THE LEGITIMACY OF MY BALLOT APPLICATION?

  • Absentee ballot envelopes are signed, and the signature is compared to record

  • Last 4 digits of social security number

  • Driver’s license number (if changing address)

IF THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG WITH MY BALLOT,

WILL OFFICIALS CALL ME TO CORRECT IT?

NO

WHEN IS MY MAILED BALLOT DUE?

Ballots due on Election Day

IS THERE AN EARLY VOTING PERIOD?

Yes - Begins 28 days before and ends 1 day before Election Day

WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?

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IT'S HAPPENING
& THE ISSUES ARE REAL

See news stories and editorials that illustrate why mail-in voting results in lost votes and lost rights.

FEWER POLLING STATIONS & longer lines

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Hundreds of people waited for hours at three in-person voting sites in the Las Vegas area, and the only one in Reno, after polling places were reduced due to the coronavirus.

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harvesting

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Duplicate Registrations

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California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes

post office problems

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Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic.

Inaccurate
Voter Rolls

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The Tims were surprised, and a bit amused when they saw what Cody received in the mail. "We have a voter registration application for Cody Tims! How did this happen? It's not reality, he's a cat and he's been dead for a long time," said Carol Tims.

ballots tossed for a simple mistake

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Slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.

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