Indiana Will Have More Limited In-Person Voting For June 2 Primary

Apr 16, 2020

Connie Lawson, Indiana Secretary of State
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Indiana will hold some in-person voting opportunities for its June 2 primary election.

The state already extended vote-by-mail to any Hoosier who wants to cast a ballot that way. But Secretary of State Connie Lawson says some voters feel strongly about going to their polling place.

Still, the state is going to limit in-person voting to just one week leading up to and including Election Day on June 2.

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“We didn’t want to have in-person voting only on Election Day because we felt like that would be too many people congregating at the same time,” Lawson says.

Normally, in-person early voting lasts about a month before the election.

Lawson says Indiana is also applying for nearly $8 million in federal funding to help address COVID-19 safety concerns.

“We are using that money to purchase masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, cleaning and disinfecting supplies for voting systems, electronic poll books and general surfaces,” Lawson says.

Lawson says the state will also make a push – particularly on social media – to recruit more poll workers, especially young people.

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