Indiana Code Title 3. Elections § 3-8-1-5

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Sec. 5. (a) This section does not apply to a candidate for federal office.

(b) As used in this section, “felony” means a conviction for which the convicted person might have been imprisoned for more than one (1) year.

(c) A person is not disqualified under this section for:

(1) a felony conviction for which the person has been pardoned;

(2) a felony conviction that has been:

(A) reversed;

(B) vacated;

(C) set aside;

(D) not entered because the trial court did not accept the person's guilty plea;  or

(E) expunged under IC 35-38-9;  or

(3) a person's plea of guilty or nolo contendere at a guilty plea hearing that is not accepted and entered by a trial court.

(d) A person is disqualified from assuming or being a candidate for an elected office if:

(1) the person gave or offered a bribe, threat, or reward to procure the person's election, as provided in Article 2, Section 6 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana;

(2) the person does not comply with IC 5-8-3 because of a conviction for a violation of the federal laws listed in that statute;

(3) in a:

(A) jury trial, a jury publicly announces a verdict against the person for a felony;

(B) bench trial, the court publicly announces a verdict against the person for a felony;  or

(C) guilty plea hearing, the person pleads guilty or nolo contendere to a felony;

(4) the person has been removed from the office the candidate seeks under Article 7, Section 11 or Article 7, Section 13 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana;

(5) the person is a member of the United States armed forces on active duty and prohibited by the United States Department of Defense from being a candidate;  or

(6) the person is subject to:

(A) 5 U.S.C. 1502 (the Little Hatch Act);  or

(B) 5 U.S.C. 7321-7326 (the Hatch Act);

and would violate either federal statute by becoming or remaining the candidate of a political party for nomination or election to an elected office or a political party office.

(e) The subsequent reduction of a felony to a Class A misdemeanor under IC 35 after the:

(1) jury has announced its verdict against the person for a felony;

(2) court has announced its verdict against the person for a felony;  or

(3) person has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to a felony;

does not affect the operation of subsection (d).

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