January 22, 2010





SENATE BILL No. 82

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DIGEST OF SB 82 (Updated January 19, 2010 6:42 pm - DI 102)



Citations Affected: IC 3-8.

Synopsis: Challenges to a candidate's eligibility. Authorizes a challenge to a candidate's eligibility to seek an office to be filed by a registered voter of the jurisdiction conducting the election (rather than a registered voter of the election district the candidate seeks to represent).

Effective: July 1, 2010.





Young R Michael




    January 5, 2010, read first time and referred to Committee on Elections.
    January 21, 2010, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






January 22, 2010

Second Regular Session 116th General Assembly (2010)


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SENATE BILL No. 82



    A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning elections.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 3-8-1-2; (10)SB0082.1.1. -->     SECTION 1. IC 3-8-1-2 IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010]: Sec. 2. (a) The commission, a county election board, or a town election board shall act if a candidate (or a person acting on behalf of a candidate in accordance with state law) has filed any of the following:
        (1) A declaration of candidacy under IC 3-8-2 or IC 3-8-5.
        (2) A request for ballot placement in a presidential primary under IC 3-8-3.
        (3) A petition of nomination or candidate's consent to nomination under IC 3-8-6.
        (4) A certificate of nomination under IC 3-8-5, IC 3-8-7, IC 3-10-2-15, or IC 3-10-6-12.
        (5) A certificate of candidate selection under IC 3-13-1 or IC 3-13-2.
        (6) A declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate under IC 3-8-2-2.5.
        (7) A contest to the denial of certification under IC 3-8-6-12.
    (b) The commission has jurisdiction to act under this section with regard to any filing described in subsection (a) that was made with the election division. Except for a filing under the jurisdiction of a town election board, a county election board has jurisdiction to act under this section with regard to any filing described in subsection (a) that was made with the county election board, county voter registration office, or the circuit court clerk. A town election board has jurisdiction to act under this section with regard to any filing that was made with the county election board, the county voter registration office, or the circuit court clerk for nomination or election to a town office.
    (c) Except as provided in subsection (e), before the commission or election board acts under this section, a registered voter of the election district that a candidate seeks to represent jurisdiction conducting an election that includes on the ballot the office for which a candidate has made a filing described in subsection (a) must file a sworn statement with the election division or election board:
        (1) questioning the eligibility of a the candidate to seek the office; and
        (2) setting forth the facts known to the voter concerning this question.
    (d) The eligibility of a write-in candidate or a candidate nominated by a convention, petition, or primary may not be challenged under this section if the commission or board determines that all of the following occurred:
        (1) The eligibility of the candidate was challenged under this section before the candidate was nominated.
        (2) The commission or board conducted a hearing on the affidavit before the nomination.
        (3) This challenge would be based on substantially the same grounds as the previous challenge to the candidate.
    (e) Before the commission or election board can consider a contest to the denial of a certification under IC 3-8-6-12, a candidate (or a person acting on behalf of a candidate in accordance with state law) must file a sworn statement with the election division or election board:
        (1) stating specifically the basis for the contest; and
        (2) setting forth the facts known to the candidate supporting the basis for the contest.
    (f) Upon the filing of a sworn statement under subsection (c) or (e), the commission or election board shall determine the validity of the questioned:
        (1) declaration of candidacy;
        (2) declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate;
        (3) request for ballot placement under IC 3-8-3;
        (4) petition of nomination;
        (5) certificate of nomination;
        (6) certificate of candidate selection issued under IC 3-13-1-15 or IC 3-13-2-8; or
        (7) denial of a certification under IC 3-8-6-12.
    (g) The commission or election board shall deny a filing if the commission or election board determines that the candidate has not complied with the applicable requirements for the candidate set forth in the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Indiana, or this title.