Judge denies bid to expand voting by mail in Indiana

(photo supplied / Indiana Statehouse)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a bid to require the Indiana Election Commission to allow all registered voters cast mail ballots for November’s election.

U.S. District Court Judge J.P. Hanlon issued a 19-page decision Friday determining that there’s no constitutional right to vote by mail. The lawsuit is among several pending in federal court challenging Indiana‚Äôs election protocols.

Indiana requires voters to have an accepted and specific reason to use an absentee ballot. Many organizations and elected officials nationwide are trying to make voting by mail easier in light of the pandemic.