At the top of the Indiana Senate Elections Committee agenda is a measure that would allow the votes of certain dead people to count. Under Sen. Greg Walker’s proposal, if someone casts an absentee ballot in Indiana but then dies before election day, the dead voter’s ballot would be counted. The goal of the bill is not to allow dead people to vote, Walker said.
Instead, the measure is intended to save election workers’ time because they will no longer have to check absentee ballots against information about recent deaths, he said. “It’s just a way to streamline the process,” he said. “Crosscheck work with Social Security and other sources is very consuming. They’ve really got, in my view, other things more critical to do than checking the death logs.”
Also, this article from Eric Berman, WIBC and Network Indiana’s political reporter and statehouse bureau chief for two decades, has more information on the proposal:
The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on letting you vote absentee without having to give a reason why you can’t make it on Election Day. Senate Elections Chairman Greg Walker (R-Columbus) points out Indiana essentially has no-fault absentee voting already through early voting — the bill would let you do it by mail instead of in person. The committee unanimously sent the bill to the full Senate.
Elkhart County Clerk Wendy Hudson says requiring a specific reason doesn’t serve any purpose. She says clerks must note the reasons when processing the ballot, but no one checks to see if a voter is genuinely out of town.