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The Senate Elections Committee voted to amend HB 1116 to reserve the state’s current absentee voting regulations. The amendment states that any Indiana resident is allowed to vote by mail on Election Day if they are unable to make the vote in-person.

HB 1116, authored by Rep. Tim Wesco, R-Osceola, was set to limit any absentee voting to just Hoosiers who could not vote in person for the entire early voting period. The voter would have to swear under oath that they physically could not vote in that time frame, which for some counties is 28 days prior to Election Day. Another requirement HB 1116 would add to absentee voting would be for the voter to provide either their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their social security number.

Tony Katz says he’s in favor of showing ID and better restrictions on absentee voting. He says while he is in favor of mail-in ballots for those who need it, it shouldn’t as relaxed as it currently is.

“If you favor just the mailing out of ballots- you favor the very idea of fraud.”