Two St. Joseph legislators have crafted proposals this session that would alter voting procedures such as those designated for absentee balloting. Rep. Pat Conway, D-St. Joseph, has written a bill that would allow any registered voter eligible to participate in a particular election to do so by absentee ballot without being required to state a reason. Under Mr. Conway’s plan, an application for an absentee ballot instead would need to state whether the voter is incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability. People who are primarily responsible for the physical care of an incapacitated or confined person also would fall under the definition.
It’s hoped the no-excuses bill can be heard by the House Elections Committee within two weeks, according to Mr. Conway.
“This just allows anyone to vote absentee without having a case,” he said.
It marks the fifth time the former Buchanan County clerk has sought a change to the law. He’s optimistic that freshmen lawmakers will be receptive to the notion.