Nearly half a million individuals have been deleted from Indiana’s list of registered voters since the Nov. 8, 2016, general election, reports the Times of Northwest Indiana.
Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson claims that the massive purge of registered voters is part of an “ongoing effort to clean up the state’s voter records after she determined her predecessors largely ignored the time-consuming task.”
“I discovered voter list maintenance was not being done statewide and many outdated voter registrations were still on the rolls,” Lawson said. “I made it a priority to ensure our state’s list was accurate and that we followed the federal law.”
The Times notes that across Indiana, 481,235 registered voters were purged, or about 10 percent of the state’s total.
Many are wondering if this is just another antidemocratic attempt by Republicans to suppress the rights of voters ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Last year, Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State purged the names of inactive voters from state rolls, with the federal appeals court ruling it unconstitutional. And knowing that U.S. Attorney General Sessions won’t do anything to stop it, the fate of hundreds of thousands of voters will once again be in the court’s hands. However, it’s not too late to take action yourself.
Take action here, at LetAmericaVote.org