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Election Division > IED Staff > News > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: October 19, 2004 Rokita Warns about Voter Intimidation at Long-Term Care Facilities

Contact: Kate Shepherd
317-233-8655
Media@sos.in.gov

Indianapolis, IN -- Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is sending a letter to the administrators of Indiana's nearly 700 long-term care facilities, outlining the laws regarding absentee voting at their facilities in the upcoming General Election. Rokita serves as Indiana's chief election official.

"I want to ensure that every citizen has the opportunity to vote without being pressured or intimidated by someone trying to influence the outcome of an election," Rokita wrote. "These unscrupulous characters often take advantage of Indiana's absentee ballot laws as a way to accumulate votes."

Secretary Rokita's letter also includes a list of common questions and answers regarding absentee ballots and long-term care facilities. The list addresses issues such as residency, court-appointed guardians and traveling board laws. Secretary Rokita's letter also requests that long-term care facility administrators make this information available to their employees. Rokita also urges long-term care administrators to report any unusual election-related activity to the county prosecutor or the Secretary of State's office immediately.

A copy of Secretary Rokita's letter and a list of Common Questions and Answers for Absentee Ballots and Long-Term Care Facilities are both attached.