Sullivan didn’t give any specifics when asked what steps should be taken to improve Indiana’s consistently low voter turnout, which was 65% of registered voters last fall.
“I plan to continue to use the resources of the office to outreach and to ensure that Hoosiers of all backgrounds are encouraged to turn out, but more importantly that they have confidence that each of their votes will count,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan, who has held management jobs with General Motors and Toyota, doesn’t have the elections experience of her predecessors, as a county clerk or secretary of state office staffer.
Holcomb, however, cited Sullivan’s work in the Legislature sponsoring a bill to improve election cybersecurity last year and others pertaining to other functions of the office, which include registering businesses and regulating the securities industry.
Holcomb said he believed Sullivan would serve with “intellect, integrity and energy.”
The state Democratic Party, however, called Sullivan “an opponent instead of a needed ally” for Indiana voters.
“Under GOP control in Indiana, there have been repeated restrictions to deny Hoosiers access to the vote by restricting absentee-by-mail during a global pandemic, refusing to expand voting hours and even denying the validity of the 2020 election,” state Democratic Chairman John Zody said in a statement. “Holli Sullivan has been a part of this as a legislator and an officer in the Republican Party.”