New Voter Registration Forms Aim To Reduce Fraud

New forms will also reduce last-minute county clerk paperwork.

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The new process will make it easier for county clerks to enroll voters in election years.

During an election year, it’s common to find voter registration drives on college campuses and at community events encouraging people to register to vote. But sometimes the people collecting the registrations will hold onto them until right before the deadline, overwhelming county clerks with lots of last-minute paperwork.

Indiana Secretary of State Communications Director Valerie Kroeger says the new law will stop that.

“By changing the law now so that you have to turn in the voter registration forms within ten days after you collect it from someone, that gives the clerks more time to input the voter registration information. That way whenever someone goes to vote they’re not having issues of not being in the system yet,” Kroeger says.

The other part of the law creates a chain of custody for the registration. When someone registers at a drive, Kroeger says the voter will now get a receipt that includes the name and address of the person registering them.

“There are times when we have large amounts of voter registration forms turned in from these drives and there’s some fraudulent ones stuck in, so if there’s a name of who collected the voter registration form it gives us a contact,” she says.

The new voter registration forms are available now at indianavoters.com.

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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