Postcards Will Help Refine Ind. Voter Registration Lists
By Mike Perleberg
Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson says turnout numbers are more than likely artificially low because of the number of ineligible voters. Indiana has not purged its voter lists since 2006, so the registries may contain people who have either moved out of state or have died since then.
“It is estimated that at least one in eight voter registrations contains inaccurate information,” Lawson says. “Inaccurate voter information affects the integrity of our voting process. It may deflate voter turnout statistics because those numbers are based on total registered voters, which we know contain some outdated information.”
Lawson says she worked with state budget writers last year to secure funding for efforts to update the voter list.
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Residents are beginning to receive postcards in the mail from the Secretary of State Election Division. While the cards will serve as election and voter registration reminders to those who receive them, postcards that are returned to the Secretary of State’s office will be used to identify outdated voter information.
The office will send a second first-class mailing asking those voters to take action by updating their registration information, if necessary.
Lawson also urges voters to update their registration online by visiting www.IndianaVoters.com. Registrations can also be completed or updated by visit the local county clerk’s office or any branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Indiana’s next election is the general election on November 4, 2014.