INDIANAPOLIS – Almost 700,000 Hoosiers have been marked as inactive on the statewide voter registration list following an effort to update the statewide file.
These voters did not respond to multiple mailings – but can still vote in upcoming elections.
If the voter casts a ballot in November, their record will be reclassified as active. This is the same with elections in 2015 and 2016.
If the voter doesn’t cast a ballot in any election beforeo January 2017, the county voter registration may then remove them from the poll lists.
The Indiana Secretary of State’s Office originally mailed 4.4 million postcards to all active registered voters in an effort to scrub the voter file of duplicate or inaccurate voters.
But about 16 percent of those were returned as undeliverable – causing the need for the second mailing.
A second mailing was sent in June to 755,000 people, asking voters to update their registrations.
About 47,500 voters in Indiana participated in the voter list refresh project by updating their voter registration by the July 24 due date.
The post office returned hundreds of thousands as undeliverable, or the voters did not respond.
Those are now being marked as inactive by county staff.
According to the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, Allen County placed 50,493 people on inactive status and 1,935 people updated their information.
I am committed to protecting the voting process here in Indiana by making sure that each county has accurate voter registration lists, Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. By updating these records or adding them to the inactive list, we are one step closer to getting a more accurate picture of voter turnout and protecting the integrity of our elections.
In the most recent election, statewide turnout was about 13 percent.
But some counties have more people registered to vote than adults living there. Allen County is not one of those counties.
Postcards continue to trickle in, so the numbers will likely shift slightly.
To date, 696,407 voter registrations have been marked inactive. Aug. 6 was the federal deadline for counties to process data from the voter list refresh before the November election.
Counties will resume processing this data after the election.
Maye Johnson, the Democratic member of the Allen County Board of Voter Registration, said the office’s efforts have gone well.
We have been vigilant, she said. The truth of the matter is that people aren’t in danger of being canceled if they vote or just update their information. It’s just due diligence.
She also reminded all Allen County residents to be properly registered by Oct. 6 to vote in the November election.
They can do so online or at the county office.