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Simplify, clarify election law
I researched Indiana election law, due to the recent “loophole” that allowed the Allen County GOP to add candidates to the ballot after failing to file a “written statement of intent” to fill those vacancies by noon on June 30.
The Indiana election code is far too complicated and unclear in places. It needs to be simplified so that we encourage candidates to run for office rather then require them to consult with a cadre of lawyers.
After reading Indiana election law, I feel that the Allen County GOP did not comply with the election law. I do not wish to see their candidates disqualified; I wish to see the pertinent sections of Indiana code rewritten by the General Assembly.
Indiana election law should be written so that citizens can easily understand it. Indiana election law should be written to encourage citizens to run for office. Indiana election law should not be a barrier to the democratic process.
Indiana needs a secretary of state who will push the legislature to simplify Indiana’s election law. Indiana needs Mike Kole, Libertarian candidate for secretary of state. He says, “The law should be easy for average citizens to understand, should encourage participation from candidates of all parties and should encourage participation by voters because their views are best represented when all parties participate.”
Mike Sylvester, chairman Libertarian Party of Allen County