A law prohibiting dead people from voting was responsible for delays in tallying election results last month.
That’s according to the Monroe County Election Board who oversees the vote counting process. They said most of the ballots were processed by 8 p.m. on election night.
But final results weren’t available until early the next morning. Board member Brian Lemonds said that’s because of what he called the “dead voter law.”
The dead voter law says that if anyone dies after submitting an early vote before election day, then the vote doesn’t count.
County Clerk Linda Robbins said Monroe County has never had to invalidate more than three votes because of the law. Robbins and Lemonds both said the law should be repealed.
“If someone took time to vote, it should count, so I think it should be repealed,” Robbins says.
The law applies to all of the counties throughout Indiana, most of which typically get their results tallied before Monroe County. Robbins said the voting system in Monroe County is responsible for some of the complications.
“As long as we continue with the same kind of voting system, the best option would be to repeal the dead voter law,” Robbins says.
Over 19,000 residents cast their ballot in person this fall and over 7,000 absentee ballots were sent in for the midterm election.