State makes moves to clean up voter lists

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Many Hoosiers will be receiving postcards this week requesting updated information as part of a statewide effort to clean up voter-registration information.

All voting Hoosiers were sent postcards in May from the Secretary of State’s office. The second postcard will go to addresses that returned the first postcard as undeliverable.

The second postcard can also be forwarded if there is an address on file. There were 727,000 postcards returned from the first mailing.

“Each election, my office gets calls from widowed spouses and parents whose child moved away from home years ago,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. “They want to know why we didn’t take their loved one’s name off the rolls. While many find it upsetting to see a long-gone loved one’s name on the poll list, it also undermines their faith in our elections. We must ensure that voters have confidence in the integrity of our elections.”

Hoosiers that do not respond to the second postcard with their current information by July 24 will be classified as inactive on the registration rolls.

But voters listed as inactive can still cast a ballot. An inactive voter who casts a ballot in any of the elections before 2017 will be moved to active status.

Federal law requires the state to maintain voter lists and perform voter-list maintenance, while state law requires that counties do voter-list maintenance.

The Secretary of State’s office requested $2.1 million from the legislature in 2013 to pay for the postcards. The law requires that the postcards must have a uniform look and information.

The Secretary of State’s office last tried to clean up the statewide voter list in 2006. But this will be the first in what will become an every-other-year schedule of voter-list maintenance, Lawson said.


  • Right on Brett...far Right
    ...because dead people can't be bought by the Koch cult.
  • fraud
    in reality fraud probably hasn't won or lost presidential elections....yet there is only one party that avoids any conversation of and while avoiding any measures to prevent fraud or ensure fair election. Its pretty tough to find fraud when you do everything in your power to avoid looking for it. I need an ID to buy alcohol, cigarettes, fishing license, open bank account, apply for food stamps, welfare, rent hotel room, purchase cold medicine, etc, etc, etc,....yet democrats don't think that voting in a ntioal election to elect the leader of the nation is important enough to require ID...so they yell racist when voter ID is brought up. Democrats are pathetic if they view their party as too incapable of getting a simple ID.
  • Clean them up!
    I worked the polls last month and when I signed in to vote, I noticed another person with my same last name who lived right around the corner from me. I would have known him I thought until I noticed he was born in 1901! I have to believe this person needs to be expunged along with many others. It's high time to clean up the voter registration.
  • Cases of fraud?
    Virtually non-existent. Waste of money and time and just causes more legitimate voters to skip the polls.
  • fraud
    but how are democrats supposed to get elected if dead people can't vote?

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