Indiana Democrats, GOP Send Out Unsolicited Absentee Ballot Applications

Sep 11, 2020

Hoosiers across the state are receiving unsolicited absentee ballot applications in the mail from the Indiana Democratic and Republican parties.
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Hoosiers across the state are receiving unsolicited absentee ballot applications in the mail from the Indiana Democratic and Republican parties.

The political parties sending out absentee ballot applications isn’t new – it’s a common way for them to try to drive up voter turnout.

But it’s under a different spotlight this year because of the fierce debate over vote-by-mail. Democrats want it expanded to anyone who wants it – just like during the primary – because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Republicans steadfastly refuse to allow that; they argue the 2020 general election should be a “normal” one.

County clerks around Indiana have received confused phone calls from voters about the applications. But they are legitimate – and, if you qualify for vote-by-mail, you can use the application to request your ballot.

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However, unlike the applications distributed by county clerks, the ones sent out by political parties often don’t go directly to your local election administrator; they typically go through the Indiana Election Division first, meaning it will take more time to get to where it needs to go.

If you want to request a vote-by-mail ballot more quickly, you can do so online at IndianaVoters.com.

Contact reporter Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.