Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson Announces New Voter Registration Forms

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WOWO): The way Indiana registers voters is changing.

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today the release of new Indiana voter registration forms. Lawson says the forms will help decrease the possibility of voter registration fraud by tracking the chain of custody for voter registration applications.

“By creating a custody trail, we are providing county clerks with the tools they need to stop fraudulent registrations that undermine the integrity of our election process,” said Secretary Lawson. “In previous elections, we’ve had fraudulent voter registration forms submitted for Jimmy Johns and Mickey Mouse. Most of the time, these applications are mixed in with legitimate applications collected by groups registering large amounts of voters and then turned in to county voter registration offices just before the registration deadline. The new information required by these forms will give clerks the ability to follow up with the person who submitted the application to ensure the forms were correctly and lawfully filled out.”

The updated registration form includes a new section for individuals who collect voter registration applications to document their name, address and the date they received the completed application.