At the top of the Indiana Senate Elections Committee agenda is a measure that would allow the votes of certain dead people to count. Under Sen. Greg Walker’s proposal, if someone casts an absentee ballot in Indiana but then dies before election day, the dead voter’s ballot would be counted. The goal of the bill is not to allow dead people to vote, Walker said. Instead, the measure is intended to save election workers’ time because they will no longer have to check absentee ballots against information about recent deaths, he said.
“It’s just a way to streamline the process,” he said. “Crosscheck work with Social Security and other sources is very consuming. … They’ve really got, in my view, other things more critical to do than checking the death logs.”
Walker, R-Columbus, chairman of the Senate Elections Committee, is set to give a hearing on the bill this morning.
He said that county election officials have told him that instances in which a person casts an absentee ballot but dies before Election Day are rare.