Yes, it is a time-consuming task, but like all housekeeping and maintenance, it needs to be done. It is cleaning up the voter rolls, and in Indiana, the Secretary of State has decided to make sure it gets done.
Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Tuesday that the removals are part of an ongoing effort to clean up the state’s voter records after she determined her predecessors largely ignored the time-consuming task.
“I discovered voter list maintenance was not being done statewide and many outdated voter registrations were still on the rolls,” Lawson said. “I made it a priority to ensure our state’s list was accurate and that we followed the federal law.”
Across Indiana, 481,235 registered voters were purged, or about 10 percent of the state’s total.
And this has all be done since the 2016 general election.
The process began in 2014 when Lawson mailed a postcard to every registered voter in the state.
Those returned as undeliverable were sent a second, forwardable postcard in an effort to verify the voter still lived at the address in his or her registration record.
Hoosiers receiving the second postcard who did not take action to update their voter record, or those that again could not be delivered, were marked as “inactive” in the state’s voter database.
“Inactive” voters who did not cast a ballot in a 2014, 2015 or 2016 election, or take any action to correct their address, had their registrations cancelled after not voting in November.
Across the country, there are efforts to ensure that American elections are done with integrity. Efforts to clean up the voter rolls and to be sure that the dead and those who have moved cannot vote are ongoing in some areas where Republicans are in office. Indiana’s is one of them.