Angie Nussmeyer

Study Committee Considers Automatic Voter Registration

Aug 30, 2017

Members of a legislative study committee Wednesday debated the merits of automatic voter registration. The discussion was part of an examination of election laws’ impact on voter participation.

Ten states in the country have some form of automatic voter registration. In most of them, citizens are registered to vote while doing other business at the BMV.

Advocates say the system could increase voter turnout.

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Indiana’s high absentee voter turnout may signal a large primary turnout on May 3. Indiana voters have submitted around 119,000 absentee requests so far -- that's about as many total absentee ballots were cast four years ago.

Indiana Election Division co-director Angie Nussmeyer says 2008 set the standard for Indiana turnout. She says around 185,000 Hoosiers voted absentee in the 2008 primary.

Nussmeyer says this election’s bounce-back may stem from heightened political interest and increasing absentee ballot awareness.

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The Indiana Election Commission will hold a hearing Friday in which all challenges for state and national seat ballot appearances are on the agenda. A total of ten candidates have been challenged.

One noteworthy hearing will be that of Congressman Todd Young (R-9th) who is running for U.S. Senate. Democrats are claiming Young is short on the signatures needed to appear on the ballot in the primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Young disagrees.