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selmamovietrailerIs Indiana turning into the Selma Alabama of 50 years ago?  Two bills in the Indiana Senate could impose new, severe restrictions on voting and voting rights almost as bad as the restrictions in Selma in 1965.

Sen. Mike Young

Sen. Mike Young

The most dangerous proposed law, Senate Bill 535 (SB535) targets those who vote by absentee ballot, which disproportionately affects the elderly, handicapped, disabled. SB 535, written by State Senator Michael Young who wrote the bill that stripped Indianapolis residents from having four at large City-County Councillors and took rights and authority away from the Council to give to the Mayor. Sen. Young’s bill would require that anyone applying for an absentee ballot to enter their “Voter Identification Number” on their absentee application.  This Voter ID Number is a number provided a registered voter by their County Clerk’s Office, but is not a number the voter if familiar with or even knows where they can find it.  Sen. Young has provided no explanation or rational for this change.  But the effect would be to dramatically reduce persons voting absentee, which would keep the elderly, those living in nursing homes or rehab facilities, or those homebound because of injury or illness from voting.

Sen. Pete Miller

Sen. Pete Miller

Another bill, Senate Bill 466, (SB 466) an extensive, unnecessary rewrite of election laws and regulations, would make it virtually impossible for college students to vote where they attend college in Indiana.  Right now college students, with Indiana Drivers License or ID cards can register and vote if they live on campus or in their college community like Bloomington, Muncie, West Lafayette, Terre Haute or Indianapolis.  SB 466 would virtually eliminate any opportunity for those students to vote in Indiana where they attend school most of the year.  Democrats believe this bill is solidly aimed at students who overwhelmingly voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. SB 466 was written by Senator Pete Miller who represents Avon and other parts of the western suburbs.

Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody

Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody

On Afternoons with Amos, Indiana Democratic Party Chair John Zody talked with listeners about the problems with these two specific proposed laws that in Zody’s view are clearly designed by Republicans to keep people from voting at a time when Indiana should be encouraging more people, regardless of party, to get engaged and to vote.  Click to Read the Text of the Two Bills.  SENATE BILL 535   SENATE BILL 466 Click the Links To Contact Senators Young and Miller.  CLICK TO CONTACT SEN. PETE MILLER  CLICK TO CONTACT SEN. MICHAEL YOUNG Click the Media Player To Hear John Zody’s Interview With Amos on This Issue. Runs 12 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One.