The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 1:00 am

General Assembly

Senate OKs bill for dead voters

NIKI KELLY | The Journal Gazette

Votes cast by Hoosiers who die before an election will still count under a bill passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 155 simply assures that a person who voted early in an election but then dies before Election Day still has their votes counted.

Sen. Greg Walker, R-Columbus, said the law currently makes clerks and their staff spend hours scouring death records and obituaries to weed out such votes.

“They cast a legal ballot,” he said. “Clerks could be using all that time and attention for more serious matters.”

Walker contends there is almost no chance that one or two ballots can affect the outcome of a race.

“The deceased voter's absentee ballot shall be counted if the absentee ballot would otherwise be entitled to be counted if the voter had not died,” the bill says.

The measure passed 45-2 with all local senators in support. It now moves to the House.

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