Voter Registration Numbers Increase by the Thousands

Contact: Bethany Derringer

More than 4,260,000 registered voters in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - Today, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita released preliminary voter registration numbers for the upcoming May 6 Primary.  County voter registration offices throughout Indiana have been busy processing thousands of voter registration applications over the last week.

“I would like to applaud every county voter registration staff member for all of their hard work in order to make sure completed applications are processed in a timely manner,” said Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita.

The Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS), an electronic database that simultaneously links all of Indiana’s 92 county’s voter registration records, was created in 2006 in coordination with Secretary Rokita’s office and all 92 counties.  County input, testing, and use has been critical in developing and enhancing a system which complies with federal mandates and provides accurate voter registration data.

The system is also linked to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the Social Security Administration databases to help verify voter registration records. Additional data provided to the system from the Indiana Department of Health and Department of Correction assist local election officials in their efforts to remove the records of deceased and incarcerated voters. With these additional tools, the SVRS provides a dramatic improvement over the counties old, individual systems by keeping the voter rolls current and accurate, at the time the individual voter's information is input into the system.  This approach has allowed the removal or inactivation of approximately 600,000 records from the rolls, which would otherwise clog up the system and lead to inaccurate results.

The SVRS has seen a significant increase in use over the last week, as voter registration offices work to input all completed registrations and as county election boards process absentee ballot applications.

"The system continues to hold up well, in spite of the extraordinary increase in the volume of applications being processed since the voter registration deadline,” said Rokita.  “The state's project management team has been monitoring the increased activity to the system and changed some internal processes to help decrease exertion on the system.  We will maintain monitoring efforts to ensure performance meets or exceed design standards, and the state will follow up with the project management team as issues are noted."  The Secretary also indicated that any sporadic reports of speed and performance issues will be addressed and analyzed.

As of 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2008, SVRS reported a total of 4,260,783 registered voters, with over 52,000 applications still pending.  Since the General Election in 2006, 332,679 Hoosiers have added their names to the voter registration rolls, including over 150,000 since the start of this year.

The voter registration numbers will continue to rise over the next few weeks as all of the applications are entered into the SVRS.

 “These citizens have taken the first step of registering or updating their voter registration information in order to vote in one of the most historic Presidential Primaries for the State of Indiana,” commented Rokita.  “But their job is not done with that alone. Their voice won’t be heard unless they go to the polls on May 6 and cast their ballot."