Indiana has been a national leader in securing the vote; from our first in the nation Voter ID law to the requirement that all voting machines in the state be equipped with a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) within the next decade so that voters have confirmation that their votes were correctly cast and recorded. However, Indiana still has room for improvement in this arena, which has been made especially apparent with the state’s seemingly haphazard response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the primary election.
One of our biggest problems here in Indiana is our voter turnout, which is much lower than surrounding states. We need common sense solutions to this problem, such as the further implementation of vote centers, which are more convenient for voters as well as more cost-effective. Indiana has done excellent work to secure voting in the state, but we must make sure that by doing so we are not creating undue barriers to voters.