Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is disputing Democratic allegations that state residents are being stripped from voting rolls without adequate notice. He said the state, as required by state and federal law, checks voting rolls against other databases and puts people who have moved outside their parishes on an inactive list. The state sends two separate postcards to the address listed on the voting rolls, allowing a voter who was incorrectly made inactive to correct the record and return to active voting status, Schedler said. Voters can also correct the record by filling out an online form. Even if inactive voters don’t respond to the postcards and show up to vote on Election Day, they can still cast ballots by certifying they still live at their original addresses.
According to data compiled by his office, there are now 190,848 inactive voters in Louisiana. The state also removes people who haven’t voted in two consecutive presidential elections. But Schedler said the state is barred from removing a voter for inactivity any closer than three months before a presidential election and won’t remove such voters next until after the Nov. 6 election.