Indiana GOP pushing mail voting despite Trump’s derision

The Indiana Republican Party is directly appealing to voters across the state to submit mail-in ballots even as President Donald Trump has questioned the integrity of mail voting and state GOP leaders have rejected calls for easing the rules on it.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 11:09 AM
Updated: Sep 12, 2020 1:20 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Republican Party is directly appealing to voters across the state to submit mail-in ballots even as President Donald Trump has questioned the integrity of mail voting and state GOP leaders have rejected calls for easing the rules on it.

Applications for absentee mail-in ballots have been mailed to an undisclosed number of voters throughout the state by the state Republican and Democratic parties.

Democratic leaders continue pushing for the state to allow no-excuse mail-in voting as Indiana did for the spring primary because of coronavirus concerns, but Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and other GOP officials have, instead, insisted on the safety of in-person voting.

The Republican mailing urges voters to mail their ballot application by Oct. 14 and then “Return your voted ballot immediately. Due to higher than normal absentee volume, there may be delays in the delivery and processing of your ballot.”

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Holly Lawson, spokeswoman for Holcomb’s reelection campaign and the state Republican Party, declined to provide any information about how many applications were mailed out, who was targeted or the cost of the mailing.

“Absentee voting by mail, along with early voting in person and Election Day voting, has long been a part of our get-out-the-vote plan, and this year is no different,” Lawson told The Journal Gazette.

Indiana election officials estimate voters could submit 1.3 million to 1.8 million mailed ballots for this fall’s election, a level that would be 10 times the state’s total four years ago.

The distribution of ballot applications by the political parties and interest groups is legal and has been common over several elections, according to the Indiana secretary of state’s office.

It is the responsibility of county election officials to approve the applications and mail actual ballots to the voters.

People not expecting the applications have contacted county election offices with questions.

“It confuses the voter,” said Beth Liming, the county clerk in northern Indiana’s Cass County.

Mail-in voting has become contentious across the country as Trump has derided such ballots as vulnerable to fraud, even though multiple studies have debunked the notion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the mail ballots as a safer alternative to in-person voting during the pandemic.

Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said health concerns should take greater importance as more than 100,000 people in the state have been confirmed with coronavirus infections.

“Eric Holcomb is telling us it’s safe to vote in-person while quietly helping Republicans vote from the safety of their homes,” Zody said. “Eric Holcomb is acting like he’s the party boss pulling strings to win elections instead of leading for every Hoosier. His political maneuvering is putting lives at risk.”

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 749097

Reported Deaths: 13745
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030271775
Lake554211006
Allen41613691
St. Joseph36933564
Hamilton36505416
Elkhart29347459
Tippecanoe22849225
Vanderburgh22540400
Porter19313325
Johnson18386387
Hendricks17583317
Clark13190193
Madison13111344
Vigo12602253
LaPorte12385221
Monroe12152175
Delaware10947197
Howard10250225
Kosciusko9609119
Hancock8541144
Bartholomew8158157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7763180
Grant7227179
Wayne7154201
Boone6911103
Morgan6735141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6205116
Cass5989108
Henry5893108
Dearborn588878
Noble579786
Jackson508374
Shelby500697
Lawrence4727121
Gibson444093
Harrison440473
Clinton439855
DeKalb438585
Montgomery433890
Whitley405642
Huntington402181
Steuben398659
Miami392568
Jasper386254
Knox375690
Putnam371860
Wabash360583
Ripley346470
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White329753
Daviess3028100
Wells294881
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284664
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269855
Clay265448
Randolph244683
Washington244534
Jennings235149
Spencer234131
Starke227558
Fountain218347
Sullivan213943
Owen210858
Fulton201542
Jay200832
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175626
Vermillion173544
Franklin170135
Tipton165746
Parke148916
Pike137934
Blackford136032
Pulaski120047
Newton112636
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton100814
Martin91415
Warren83515
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0421

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1107047

Reported Deaths: 20091
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1284921459
Cuyahoga1155972204
Hamilton812991245
Montgomery524821040
Summit48339999
Lucas43303817
Butler38901603
Stark33286929
Lorain25641502
Warren24557303
Mahoning22330601
Lake21135385
Clermont20097252
Delaware18817135
Licking16645222
Fairfield16561204
Trumbull16522479
Medina15593270
Greene15252246
Clark14219306
Wood13280197
Portage13226214
Allen11905239
Richland11598211
Miami10835223
Wayne9116222
Columbiana9020230
Muskingum8889135
Pickaway8649122
Marion8635138
Tuscarawas8633247
Erie8052164
Ashtabula7137179
Hancock6996131
Ross6933161
Geauga6832150
Scioto6528104
Belmont6149174
Union583849
Lawrence5722102
Jefferson5669158
Huron5539122
Sandusky5436125
Darke5415129
Seneca5343126
Washington5308109
Athens523360
Auglaize501587
Mercer487385
Shelby476195
Knox4567112
Madison443765
Ashland435197
Putnam4333103
Fulton431871
Defiance431798
Crawford4033110
Brown401961
Logan387277
Preble3847103
Clinton378466
Ottawa372681
Highland359265
Williams347578
Champaign343658
Guernsey324153
Jackson317354
Perry297150
Morrow291340
Fayette285450
Hardin274865
Henry273267
Holmes2698101
Coshocton268359
Van Wert247264
Adams242856
Pike242735
Gallia240450
Wyandot234556
Hocking220162
Carroll196748
Paulding176342
Meigs148240
Monroe136144
Noble135839
Harrison113638
Morgan109624
Vinton85417
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