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April 4, 2020

3/23/2020 12:45:00 PM
State postpones primary election
Indiana has joined several other states that have decided to move their election dates as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Indiana's primary election won't be on Tuesday, May 5, as original set. It's now scheduled for June 2. Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the change Friday.

Democratic and Republican party leaders agree this is the right move to make to keep voters and election workers safe and healthy.

"My view on that fast-approaching primary election is it needed to be pushed back in order to again, ensure the safety of our county employees, our poll workers and the voters themselves," Hol­comb said.

Holcomb pointed out that the move is for the health of Hoosiers as the state fights the pandemic. Secretary of State Connie Lawson has asked Indiana's Election Com­mission to make changes to allow anyone to vote, without having to show up in person.

"To suspend absentee-by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election," said Lawson.

Hoosiers will not be required to vote by mail, but every voter will have the option. Voters will still be able to vote in-person on Tuesday, June 2, if preferred.

"I am confident that we will conduct a safe, secure, and fair election," said Lawson.

"We will continue to follow any mandates the Secretary of State sets in place," said Jennings County Clerk Amy Thompson earlier last week before the governor announced the primary election date change. "We have already prepared for a larger than average absentee voting turnout. We have additional supplies and workers in place for the absentee process."

The state's election commission is slated to meet Wednesday to formulate more details of the primary election date change.

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