|Marion County Clerk Beth White|
Before Congress passed the 1993 Motor Voter law, voters in Indiana were purged from the voter registration rolls if they had not voted in any election during the previous four years. Having reviewed precinct voter registration lists, if a person doesn't vote in any of the six elections held during those four years, then that voter almost certainly had moved or died. Rare was the case that a voter would cast a ballot after being a dormant voter for more than four years.
|Former Secretary of State|
Congressman Todd Rokita
Then Secretary of State Todd Rokita complained about the bloated Marion County voter registration rolls and urged that County Clerk Beth White to take steps necessary to pare the list of moved and deceased voters, a decision which contributed to the 105% registration rate.
I decided to review White's efforts now three years later. The 2010 census showed that Marion County had 903,393 residents. 74.4% or 672,124 of those residents are 18 or over. Marion County now has 598,474 registered voters, a drop of 78,927 from 2008. That produces a registration rate for Marion County/Indianapolis of 89%. While that is obviously higher than it is in reality, it ranks as a considerable improvement on Marion County's 105% registration rate of 2008.
Note: By way of clarification, when I refer to "Indianapolis," I am referring to all of Marion County since all residents of Marion County can vote in Indianapolis city elections. The census though shows "Indianapolis" as having 829,718 residents while Marion County has 903,393. Thus the census appears to exclude the included cities/towns of Lawrence, Speedway, Southport and Beech Grove from the "Indianapolis" population.