By Travis Thayer
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Some things you can take to the grave, but taking your vote may no longer be necessary.
State Senator Greg Walker (R-Columbus) has proposed legislation that would allow Hoosiers to cast an absentee ballot that would be counted as a vote if the person dies before election day.
Walker says the goal of the bill is not to allow dead people to vote, but is intended to save election workers time from checking absentee ballots against information about deaths, reports the Indy Star.
Current law invalidates the votes of people who vote then die before election day.
The Senate panel unanimously voted to move the bill forward in committee.
Two other bill regarding voting rights have been introduced this legislative session, one of which would allow no-fault absentee voting – which most states already have.