Secretary of State Connie Lawson has identified 727,000 potentially inaccurate voter registration records across Indiana. A massive May postcard mailing to all 4.4 million registered Hoosier voters saw about 16 percent returned as undeliverable. Starting this week, the state is sending a second, forwardable postcard to those registrants urging them to update their address and voter registration data. “Inaccurate voter information impairs the integrity of our voting process, and it artificially lowers our voter turnout statistics,” Lawson said. Hoosiers who receive a second postcard must update or confirm their voter information by July 24. Those who do not will be placed on “inactive” status. Inactive registrants still can vote this year, in the 2015 municipal elections and 2016 elections. But inactive voters who fail cast a ballot or update their registrations by 2017 will become eligible for removal from the poll lists.
Voters who only received the first postcard, reminding them of the Nov. 4 general election, do not have to do anything.
All Hoosiers can confirm their voter registration online at indianavoters.in.gov.
Lawson, a Republican, doesn’t suspect the high number of potentially inaccurate registrations is due to widespread voter registration fraud.
Instead, the former county clerk said people die or relocate to another state, and county voter registration offices often aren’t notified.