INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
An Indiana House committee chairman plans to block a bill that would allow
the votes of dead people to count.
Elections Committee chairman Milo Smith says he doesn’t plan to allow a
committee hearing or vote on the bill in the coming weeks. The Senate voted
45-2 last month in favor of the bill that requires election officials to
count absentee ballots “marked and forwarded” by Indiana voters who then die
before Election Day.
Smith told The
(Northwest Indiana) Times that he based his decision on an opinion from
Republican Attorney General Curtis Hill saying the legislation is
unconstitutional because a deceased person is not considered an Indiana
Supporters say it
is burdensome for county-level elections officials to track whether absentee
voters have died.