Sec. of State Election Division is conducting voter list maintenance

The Secretary of State’s Election Division is conducting voter list maintenance to update Indiana’s voter registration information. Required by Indiana law, the process will identify outdated and inaccurate voter registration information to help counties improve the accuracy and integrity of Indiana’s voter registration list.

This month, all “active” Hoosier voters will receive a postcard sent by non-forwardable, first-class mail to the voter’s mailing address. In June, Hoosier voters whose first postcard was returned as “undeliverable for unknown or insufficient address” as addressed will receive a postcard in the mail from the Secretary of State Election Division asking them to update their voter registration information. This second “voter response card” will be sent by forwardable, first-class mail to the voter’s mailing address. Voters who receive a second postcard asking for updated information should fill out the postage pre-paid response card, sign it and return it to the Secretary of State Election Division.

Voters who received a second postcard asking for their current address have until July 27 to return the postcard to confirm their registration address or update their voter information. The Election Division must receive the postcard by Aug. 2. Voters who do not respond by confirming their current address or updating their information will have their voter registration record at that address moved to “inactive” status.
Being marked “inactive” does not mean a voter cannot vote. It simply means a voter did not update or confirm their registration record address.

The voter will still be eligible to vote in November, if otherwise qualified. If the voter casts a ballot in November from that address, their status will be reclassified as an “active” voter. If they do not vote in November, they can still vote in the federal elections of 2020 and 2022 and if applicable, a special election in 2021.  If they do not vote in any election prior to January 2023, the county voter registration office may move their voter’s registration record status to “cancelled,” which will remove the name from Election Day poll lists, but will remain in the statewide voter registration system.