INDIANAPOLIS – Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) had the following statement on Governor Holcomb’s refusal to implement no-excuse absentee voting for the November election:

“Cases are continuing to go up, yet the governor still thinks it’s safe for vulnerable Hoosiers to go to the polls. Why wouldn’t we want to give all Hoosiers the option to safely vote absentee during this pandemic? Why are the governor and Secretary of State so reluctant to let Indiana voters do what 78 percent of Americans are allowed to do during this November election?

“The governor also mentioned that absentee voting is a statutory issue that the General Assembly would need to weigh in on. If that is your belief, Governor Holcomb, then you must call an immediate special session so we can pass legislation to allow no-excuse absentee voting.

“What this comes down to is the governor choosing politics over the health of his constituents. For Hoosiers across the state, this is unacceptable.”