INDIANAPOLIS—On Monday, a proposal authored by State Senator Frank Mrvan (D-Hammond) which allows Indiana voters to vote by absentee ballot without an excuse, as previously required, was been approved by the Senate by a vote of 39-10.

“Expanding voter access will allow Hoosier voices to be heard,” Sen. Mrvan said. “This bill would do just that, by taking away unnecessary hurdles to vote by mail.”

Senate Bill (SB) 250 would allow voters who are permitted to vote in person, to vote by absentee ballot with no excuse. Previously, it was required that a person must meet a specific criteria to receive permission to vote by mail.

“With Indiana consistently having some of the worst voter turnout numbers in the country, this bill would allow more Hoosiers to participate in the democratic process,” Sen. Mrvan said. 

SB 250 received unanimous approval in the Senate Elections Committee before moving to the full Senate. The proposal will now move to the House of Representatives for further consideration.