Federal judge won’t force expanded Indiana mail-in voting

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A box of absentee ballots waits to be counted at the Albany County Board of Elections in Albany, N.Y. Mail-in ballots have exploded in popularity since the pandemic spread in mid-March, at the peak of primary season.(AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an attempt to force Indiana election officials to allow all voters to cast their ballots by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge James Patrick Hanlon’s ruling Friday came a day after another federal judge struck down Indiana’s process of rejecting absentee ballots because of differing voter signatures, since the process didn’t require voters to be told about such decisions or offer a way to contest them. The rulings come with elections officials expecting a big jump in voting by mail this fall amid the coronavirus threat.

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