Governor Eric Holcomb announced today that Indiana’s May 5 primary has been delayed until June 2.
Holcomb signed Executive Order 20-07 directing that the primary be rescheduled. Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson and the chairs of the state Democratic and Republican parties agree with the delay.
“As Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, it is my top priority to protect our elections. But, above all else, it is my duty to protect the health and safety of Hoosiers,” said Secretary Lawson.
“I believe the bipartisan recommendations we have asked the Indiana Election Commission to take will allow us to provide all Hoosiers the opportunity to vote,” Lawson added.
The state says that all dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved 28 days to reflect the new date of the primary. For example, military and overseas ballots are required to be mailed 45 days prior to the primary election. The new deadline will move 45 days prior to June 2.
The delay will give election officials and voters time to prepare during the coronavirus pandemic. The governor is also recommending that the Indiana Election Commission suspend absentee by-mail rules. The change would allow all Hoosiers to have a vote-by-mail option.