Indiana bill would have polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day


INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – A bill in the Indiana State House would push back the closing time for polls on Election Day.

Under House Bill 1221, the polls would close at 8 p.m. local time.

Under current law, they close at 6 p.m. local time.

Opponents say people already have plenty of time to vote and all this will do is increase the cost.

Supporters say it will give people more time and increase turnout.

The bill also includes a provision about requiring a majority vote of all members of a county election board to keep a vote center open. Currently, a unanimous vote is required.

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(This story was originally published on January 9, 2020)

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