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700,000 Records Marked In State’s Voter Roll Cleanup

The Secretary of State is in the middle of an effort to clean up the state's voter rolls.

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The secretary of state's efforts are aimed at removing ineligible voters from the state's voter rolls.

Indiana has identified more than 700,000 voter records that need to be updated or marked inactive in its effort to clean up the state’s voter rolls.

Earlier this year, Secretary of State Connie Lawson’s office sent postcards to every Hoosier on the voter list. More than 750,000 came back as undeliverable.

A second mailing went out in June, that time asking voters to respond. About 47,000 Hoosiers did, updating their voter information.

Nearly 700,000 of the postcards from the second mailing came back as undeliverable or weren’t returned at all, and those records have now been marked as inactive.

Lawson says an inactive voter record won’t bar a person from voting this fall. In fact, Hoosiers have until 2017 to vote in an election or update their information before their records are removed from the rolls completely.

Lawson says the voter list cleanup helps the state get an accurate picture of election turnout.

For example, she notes that if the state had excluded the records now marked inactive when calculating turnout for May’s primary, actual turnout would have been about 17 percent rather than the historic low of 13 percent.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Bob Eckert

    I never got a postcard and I am in their database with accurate data. What is really going on here?

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