Chyung urges governor to implement vote-by-mail system in November

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INDIANAPOLIS – State Rep. Chris Chyung (D-Dyer) released the following statement in response to Governor Holcomb's press conference where he declined to comment on the extension of a vote-by-mail system for the November General Election.

During a press conference on Tuesdaty, Governor Holcomb declined to say if he would allow mail-in voting for the November election. He did agree that he preferred to vote in-person and waited 40 minutes to cast his vote. Secretary of State Connie Lawson, a Republican, stated that her goal was to conduct the next election in a “normal” fashion.

“It's great that the governor has the time to stand in line for 40 minutes to vote but many Hoosiers work very hard, long days and cannot afford that luxury,” Chyung said.

“A no-fault vote-by-mail system has proven to be an option that Hoosiers want, based on the over 500,000 sign-ups,” stated Chyung. “State leaders should be discussing ways to streamline and better capitalize this process, not rejecting it out of fear of innovation while romanticizing creaky government bureaucracy. It is farcical that the day after the primary, during a global pandemic, the governor and secretary of state are lackadaisical in protecting public health and Hoosiers' right to vote.”

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