Registered voter numbers lower than four years ago

Thousands of people are at risk of being removed from Bartholomew County voter registration rolls if they fail to vote this year.

Of the county’s 49,517 registered voters, 3,746 of them are classified as inactive, county elections supervisor Shari Lentz said.

The current number of registered adults is down 5 percent from the 52,152 eligible to cast their ballots four years ago.

A person is classified as inactive after official mail is sent to them from state or local elections officials, but the correspondence is returned as undeliverable, deputy elections supervisor Taylor Seagraves said.

If an inactive voter misses two federal general elections, their names are removed from the voter rolls, Lentz said.

But if an inactive voters does cast ballots in either this year’s May primary or November’s general election, they will automatically be returned to active status, Seagraves said.

Their first chance to do that will be when early voting for the May 8 primary begins April 10, less than a month away.

Until April 9, the county voter registration office at the Courthouse continues to accept new voter registrations or address changes.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5636.