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Eli Lilly, Indiana Democrats oppose bill requiring ID number to request absentee ballot

Added 04-07-21 10:23:01am EST - “A bill in the Indiana legislature that would make changes to state election law drew big opposition from Democrats this week, and also from one of the biggest companies in the state, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “Eli Lilly, Indiana Democrats oppose bill requiring ID number to request absentee ballot”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A bill in the Indiana legislature that would make changes to state election law drew big opposition from Democrats this week, and also from one of the biggest companies in the state, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly.

Senate Bill 353 would prevent the governor and the Indiana Election Commission from changing the time, place or manner of an election and prohibit them from expanding absentee voting. It would also require people requesting an absentee ballot to include either their driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on that request form.

The bill, authored by Sen. Erin Houchin, R- Salem, passed the state Senate in March, and this week is being heard in the House of Representatives.

“The United States Constitution in Article 1, Section 4 provides that only state legislatures have the responsibility of changing the time, place and manner of holding elections,” said Houchin in introducing the bill to the House elections committee on Tuesday. “So our bill expressly states that the Indiana General Assembly is not delegating any of those responsibilities or duties to the election commission or the governor. It is our responsibility to make those changes.”

Houchin said the purpose of the bill is to ensure the integrity of Indiana's elections, and said people should be required to prove they are who they say they are when they’re requesting an absentee ballot.

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