WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Republican-controlled Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1334, a bill that would require voters to provide identification information on applications for mail-in ballots. The bill passed 64-27 along party lines and now goes to the state Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans.
H.B. 1334 would require voters who request a mail-in ballot via a paper form to include the last four digits of their Social Security number and either their 10-digit Indiana ID number or a unique identifying number from their voter record. Alternatively, voters can supply a photocopy of an acceptable photo ID instead. Voters who request mail-in ballots online would similarly have to provide their 10-digit Indiana ID number, a unique identifying number from their voter record or the last four digits of their Social Security number. The bill also bans elections officials from sending unsolicited mail-in ballot applications to voters, a move 15 states adopted in 2020 to make voting more accessible amid the COVID-19 pandemic.