Indiana’s registration deadline to vote in the November election is Tuesday.
And, more Hoosiers are registered this year than in any election during the past decade.
The total number of registered voters is approaching 4.8 million as the registration deadline nears.
That’s about 200,000 voters more than any election since at least 2002.
Downs Center for Indiana Politics director Andrew Downs says the surge is in part new voters.
But, often he finds people don’t realize they’re already registered.
“They may have gone to get their driver’s license and registered to vote and didn’t think about it,” Downs says. “Or they registered to vote at the last presidential election and didn’t realize that was still in play.”
Downs says it’s difficult to predict how voter registration numbers will impact the outcome of an election.
He says producing results is more about getting people to vote. And, he adds, campaigns focus more of time on regular voters than new or infrequent ones.
“If you’re talking to someone who is not registered, you’re actually convincing them, number one, to register; number two, to vote; and number three, to vote for you,” Downs says. “That’s a lot of convincing that you have to do.”
The registration deadline is Tuesday at the close of business. Early voting begins Wednesday.
In Tippecanoe County, early voting runs from Oct. 12 through Nov. 7 at the Board of Elections and Registration office in the county office building at 20 N. Third St., in downtown Lafayette.
For information on dates and locations of other early voting sites, as well as how to register to vote, go to www.tippecanoe.in.gov.