Over the last week, a bi‐partisan coalition of public servants has come forward to support “no‐excuse” absentee voting‐by‐mail to allow Hoosier voters the ability to vote safely at home in the November election during the COVID‐19 pandemic. We, the two Democratic members of the Indiana Election Commission, welcome these voices to our call to action.

For the June primary election our bi‐partisan commission recognized the unprecedented nature of this public health emergency and worked together to find solutions to protect the health of voters and poll workers while ensuring every Hoosier who desired to vote was able to do so. At that time we adopted measures that waived the required “excuse” to vote‐by‐mail, recommended strategies for counties to manage an impending poll worker shortage, and provided flexibility to address the needs of voters with disabilities and our elderly who may require voting assistance.

Anthony Long is vice chair of the Indiana Election Commission and an attorney in private practice in Warrick County. Suzannah Wilson Overholt is the Democratic member of the Indiana Election Commission and an attorney in private practice in Marion County. 

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