Voting

Donnelly Re-Election Campaign Targets Women Voters

Apr 10, 2018

Supporters for U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.)’s re-election campaign gathered in Indianapolis to make the case women should support Donnelly for a second term.

In 2016, 53 percent of Hoosier women voted for President Donald Trump.

But following the recent women’s marches in Indiana, Donnelly’s supporters, including state Rep. Cherrish Pryor (D-Indianapolis), say they are confident some of those same women, who voted for Trump, will vote for Donnelly.

Voters don’t need a reason to vote early in-person, unlike when casting absentee ballots by mail. (Steve Burns/WTIU)
Brandon Smith

Hoosiers have until the end of the day Monday to register to vote in the May 8 primary election. And the first in-person ballots can be cast beginning Tuesday.

AP-Think Progress website

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana residents have less than a week left to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.

April 9 is the registration deadline. The Times reports that Indiana's secretary of state is encouraging residents who previously registered to vote to verify that their registration remains active and that the personal information in their voter record is correct.

A Senate committee approved legislation Monday to ensure every valid absentee vote is counted – even if the voter dies before Election Day.

That approval comes despite objections from Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office.

Current law invalidates absentee ballots if the voter dies after casting it, but before it’s counted on Election Day.

All Hoosier voters could cast absentee ballots by mail without any excuse under legislation advanced Monday by a Senate panel.

Under current law, a voter must provide a reason they’re voting absentee by mail – for instance, they’ll be out of town on Election Day. The bill from Sen. Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) would eliminate that requirement – anyone could vote absentee by mail.

An Indiana study committee panel recommended Thursday the General Assembly explore ways to make voting and voter registration more accessible.

Elections Study Committee Chairman Sen. Greg Walker (R-Columbus) says he will draft a bill next session to allow a person to register and vote on Election Day. Indiana’s current system cuts off registration about a month before.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says she cannot fully comply with a request from President Donald Trump’s newly established Commission on Election Integrity.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, the presidential commission’s vice chair, requested voter information from Secretaries of State around the country. Kobach is reportedly seeking names, addresses, birth dates, and social security numbers, as well as the voting history, law enforcement record, and political party of each voter.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be required to offer Hoosiers the chance to register to vote more often under legislation approved by a Senate committee.

But the bill does dramatically less than its original version.

 

The first challenger for Joe Donnelly’s 2018 re-election bid has announced his candidacy. Mark Hurt, a Kokomo attorney, says his concerns about U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly’s voting record prompted him to throw his hat in the ring.

At Shapiro’s Deli in Indianapolis, Hurt says he was disappointed in Donnelly’s voting record on the Iranian nuclear agreement and the Affordable Care Act.

“[U.S.] Sen. Donnelly, I don’t believe his voting record represents Indiana – that’s why I’m running in this race,” Hurt says.