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Contact: AJ Freeney-Ruiz
Indianapolis, IN - Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita commended the Indiana General Assembly for passing legislation requiring voters to show photo identification before voting at the polls and both strengthening protections in the absentee voting process.
Advocated by Secretary Rokita, Senate Enrolled Act 483 is aimed at preserving voter confidence and promoting integrity in elections. The legislation requires a precinct election worker to ask every voter to provide proof of identification before the voter is permitted to vote an official ballot. The bill provides the following:
"With photo ID at the polls, the legislators have worked to ensure that all voters' ballots will count the same on election day," Rokita said. "The photo ID requirement will serve all Hoosiers and allow Indiana to have the most fair and reliable elections possible. Furthermore, the bill requires that no bureaucratic fee will stand in the way of any voter who wants to cast a ballot."
Advocated by Secretary Rokita, Senate Enrolled Act 15 requires an absentee voter's bill of rights to be sent with each absentee ballot and strengthens protections in the absentee voting process. The legislation sets forth the following additional safeguards:
"The legislators and I have worked diligently to educate the public about the absentee process and see to it that this necessary absentee reform be passed to prevent any future attempts at stuffing the ballot box through the mail," Rokita said. "The passage of Senate Bill 15 further strengthens voter confidence and works to ensure that Hoosiers will have the most fair and reliable elections possible."
Rokita thanked Senate Elections Chair Jerold A. Bonnet and Senator Vic Heinold, and Brant Hershman and Representatives Tim Brown, Jackie Walorski, Steve Heim and Andy Thomas, for their efforts to pass SEA 483.
Rokita also thanked Lawson, and Senate co-authors John Waterman, Sue Landske, and Patricia Miller and House sponsors Kathy Richardson and Andy Thomas for their commitment to election reform and their efforts to pass SEA 15.