Governor delays Indiana primary election to June 2


Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed an executive order Friday delaying the state’s primary election to June 2.

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb announced Friday the state’s primary election will be moved to June 2. The original election was scheduled for May 5.

All dates corresponding with the primary election will be moved by 28 or more days corresponding with the delay of the election such as military and overseas ballots, which are required to be mailed 45 days prior to the primary.

“The right of citizens to elect their leaders in a free and open election is one of the cornerstones of America. In order to balance that right with the safety of county employees, poll workers and voters, delaying Indiana’s primary election is the right move as we continue to do all we can to protect Hoosiers’ health,” Holcomb said in a press release from his office.

In addition, the Governor made the following recommendations to the Indiana Election Commission:


  • Suspend absentee by-mail rules to allow all Hoosiers the option to vote by mail in the upcoming primary election.
  • Allow county clerks to continually mail ballots from now through 12 days out from the new primary election date.
  • Confirm ballots with a May 5, 2020 date will be valid.
  • Enable medical professionals to be eligible members of traveling boards to vote nursing home and hospital patients.
  • Give family members the ability to deliver absentee ballots. Currently only a member of a voter’s household may take possession of their ballot.