Proposed legislation would allow Indiana residents to register to vote on Election Day. Sen. Timothy Lanane, D-Anderson, has filed the bill for the legislative session beginning Jan. 3, and it has drawn mixed reactions in Northwest Indiana along party lines. “Once again, I am filing a proposal to allow for same-day voter registration in Indiana. Requiring Hoosiers to register to vote 29 days before an election is an unnecessary obstacle for people to exercise their constitutional right to vote,”
Lanane said. “I hope that in the upcoming legislative session, Indiana can join the 17 other states as well as the District of Columbia that allow individuals to register to vote the same day as Election Day. It is time we start stripping down the countless barriers that exist in Indiana that keep people from being able to get to the polls.”
Jim Wieser, chairman of the Lake County Democratic Central Committee, said he’s supportive of anything the state can do to make voting more accessible and transparent.
“The concept of same-day registration I strongly support,” he said.