Policy changes coming for primary election

The Indiana Election Commission has issued an order implementing policy changes for the primary election on June 2.

The commission’s order came in the wake of recommendations from Governor Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the leadership of the state’s major political parties.

The order includes the following changes, which will apply to the June 2 primary only:

• Limited early in-person voting will be available for one week, from May 26 to June 1.

• Poll workers are currently required to live in the county they work for. This requirement is waived so long as the voter is registered to vote in Indiana.

• The secretary of state and Indiana Election Division will provide counties with training and guidelines on mail-handling procedures and personal protective equipment.

• The commission advises that all public buildings, such as fire stations and school buildings, be available for use for the June 2 primary.

• All absentee ballot applications submitted after Dec. 2 will be accepted regardless of excuse given, as long as they are otherwise compliant with Indiana law.

• County election boards may adopt more than one central count location.

• Counties may move a polling location after giving best possible notice to the public.

The complete order detailing each change is available at www.in.gov/sos/elections/2404.htm.

Eligible Hoosiers can register to vote online, check their registration status and request an absentee ballot by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com.