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Voter Registration Deadline For Primaries Is Today

The deadline to register to vote in the May primaries is tonight, and a new law has changed some rules around registering voters.

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Voter registration ends at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

The deadline to register to vote in Indiana for the May 6th primaries is today, and a new law is in effect  this year that puts additional procedures in place for the voter registration process.

The law requires volunteers who collect paper registration forms to turn them in to the state within 10 days of receiving them and provide voters with a receipt after registering them.

The laws supporters say it will prevent county clerk’s offices from being overwhelmed with registrations at the last minute, and establish a contact person in case something goes wrong with the registration.

Michelle Brzycki, Special Project Coordinator for the Indiana Election Division, says one down side to the new law comes from the receipt portion.

“We’ve also heard from a lot of people who have major concerns about putting their home address on the receipt portion so I believe there’s a lot less people willing to register voters,” Brzycki said.

Director of Voter Registration in Vigo County Vada Long says the law was passed to eliminate false registrations—but that’s not a problem she’s dealt with in Vigo County.

“Really I don’t think it’s that big of a change,” Long said. “I think people are most of the time honest people, and they are doing what they think is right so it doesn’t make much of a difference.”

Registrations close at 11:59 p.m. tonight. They will reopen May 20 for the general election.

 

Claire McInerny

Claire McInerny is a reporter/producer for WFIU/WTIU news. She comes to WFIU/WTIU from KCUR in Kansas City. She graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas where she discovered her passion for public media and the stories it tells. You can follow her on Twitter @ClaireMcInerny.

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