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Nearly 700,000 Hoosier voters inactive, still registered

INDIANAPOLIS - About 696,000 Hoosiers have been marked as inactive on the statewide voter registration list.

These voters did not respond to multiple mailings - but can still vote in upcoming elections.

If the voter casts a ballot in November, his or her record will be reclassified as active. This is the same with elections in 2015 and 2016.

If the voter doesn’t cast a ballot in any election prior to January 2017, the county voter registration may then remove him or her from the poll lists.

The Indiana Secretary of State's Office originally mailed 4.4 million postcards to all active registered voters in an effort to scrub the voter file of duplicate or inaccurate voters.

But about 16 percent of those were returned as undeliverable – causing the need for the second mailing.

A second mailing was sent in June to 755,000 people, asking voters to update their registrations.

About 47,500 voters in Indiana participated in the voter list refresh project by updating their voter registration by the July 24 due date.

Hundreds of thousands were returned by the post office as undeliverable or the voters did not respond.

“I am committed to protecting the voting process here in Indiana by making sure that each county has accurate voter registration lists,” Secretary of State Connie Lawson said.

“By updating these records or adding them to the inactive list, we are one step closer to getting a more accurate picture of voter turnout and protecting the integrity of our elections.”

In the most recent election, statewide turnout was at about 13 percent. But some counties have more people registered to vote than adults living there. Allen County is not one of those counties.