Court settlement prompts changes to Indiana absentee voting regulations

On Feb. 6, parties in an Indiana lawsuit seeking accommodations for voters with visual disabilities settled, allowing these voters to use a computer software program to complete their ballot and submit it via email.

Attorneys acting on behalf of three Indiana voters with visual disabilities sued the Indiana Election Commission and the Indiana Secretary of State in December 2020 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Before the settlement, Indiana voting regulations required voters with visual disabilities to fill out absentee ballots with the assistance of county election officials.

As part of the settlement, the new software system will be available to voters in advance of the May 2023 primary election.