With the 2014 Primary Election now in the rear-view mirror, the Indiana Election Division (IED) is driving ahead in its Statewide Voter Registration List maintenance efforts. Beginning next week, the IED will conduct a residency confirmation and outreach procedure, known as a Statewide Mailing, to all active registered voters in Indiana, which has not been done since 2006. This will begin a process to legally remove voters from the voter registration list. Similar to the postcards mailed by the Clay County Election Office earlier this year, the Statewide Mailing should be considered purely informational for those who receive one. The cards will be sent through non-forwardable mail, and the ones returned to the IED as undeliverable due to an unknown, insufficient or incorrect address will initiate the next steps in the procedure. A second mailing will then be sent to those whose cards were returned as undeliverable, known as a National Change of Address mailing.
This notice, which is forwardable to an individual’s current address, the registered voter will be able to confirm their current address, as well as authorize the cancelation of a registration at a former residence. However, if this second mailing is also returned undeliverable, or a response is not given with 30 days from when it was sent, those particular voter profiles will be marked as “Inactive.”
Once marked as “Inactive,” the individual may still cast a ballot in upcoming elections, which would revert each respective profile back to “Active,” but if those voters do not cast a ballot by the 2016 General Election, their registration profiles will be canceled thereafter.
The state appropriated $2.1 million to the IED to conduct the mailings this year, and pursuant to Indiana Code 3-7-38.2-16, the IED must conduct identical state-funded residency confirmation procedures in each even-numbered year.