By Brandon Walker
The Statehouse File
After contentious debate, the Senate Elections Committee opted to delay voting on a measure that would change the absentee ballot application process.
Sen. Michael Young, R-Indianapolis, authored Senate Bill 175 and said its purpose was to prevent cheating or fraud in absentee balloting.
The bill would require Hoosiers who want to cast an absentee ballot to submit some confidential information — the voter's identification number, driver's license number or the last four digits of the voter's Social Security number — as part of the application process.
Sen. John Broden, D-South Bend, raised an objection. He said that many older Hoosiers might not remember their voter identification number. Broden said that his mother, for example, had stopped driving because of health reasons and didn't even have a driver's license.
Morgan County Clerk Peggy Mayfield also opposed the bill. She told the committee that some counties use the first four digits of a voter's address as their identification if the applicant doesn't put the voter identification or social security number on their ballot applications.
The committee decided to put off a vote on the bill for a week to work out the remaining details.