Because voter registration forms didn't previously ask for a person's gender the state doesn't know the sex of about one in eight voters.
Lawson says finally paying out the first check should help raise public awareness about the existence and usefulness of the fund.
Voter accessibility concerns raised by county Republicans have been one reason Monroe County has yet to adopt vote centers.
Today is the deadline to register to vote in the May 8 primary election.
Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Republican State Senator Connie Lawson as the permanent replacement for Secretary of State Charlie White.
White is still appealing parts of his conviction, complicating the choice for a replacement.
An Indiana Supreme Court ruling on Charlie White's residency paves the way for Governor Mitch Daniels to appoint a new Secretary of State.
The Indiana Supreme Court is hearing a case that will decide who becomes Secretary of State Charlie White's permanent successor.
Charlie White has been sentenced to one year of home detention and community service along with a $1,000 fine.
White faces sentencing today on six felony charges.