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Indiana Mails Voters In Effort To Clean Up Voter Rolls

Some Indiana voters are receiving a postcard from the state to confirm their active voting status.

Connie Lawson

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Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

Indiana is mailing postcards to more than 700,000 Hoosiers as it begins the second phase of an effort to clean up its voter rolls.

Earlier this year, the Secretary of State’s office sent postcards to every Hoosier on the active voter list.

About 727,000 postcards were sent back as undeliverable. That’s about 16 percent of the total voter lists.

A second round of now-forwardable postcards has been sent out and this time, Secretary of State Connie Lawson says the state wants voters to respond, updating their registration information.

“So we’re asking voters to return their cards by July 24, and those who do not respond will have their record marked as inactive,” Lawson says.

Lawson says that won’t remove voters from the rolls. They can still show up to vote between now and January of 2017.

“In November of ’14, in 2015 during municipal elections, or in 2016 in the primary or the general election, the inactive status would be removed from their voter record,” Lawson says.

The last time Indiana conducted a statewide voter registration cleanup mailing was 2006, when it removed 600,000 duplicate or inaccurate records from the rolls.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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

    The is the way that the Republicans are going to lock in their power for the next several decades. Just declare that any postcards that come back as not deliverable mean that person does not exist and cannot vote. They decided to move but another post office now handles all their mail and the other post office at their old address returns the card as undeliverable, so they don’t get to vote.

  • Bob Eckert

    Hey Dave, tell me all the ways the state has publicized the ability to check your registration online. I have never seen or heard an ad in the regular media, the newspaper, or online. Also, not all voters can go to the website and they still deserve to vote. Your reply is lame and you need to tell us all how this website negates what I said in my first comment.

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