Your Vote's Safety in Indiana
Voter Laws and Registration Deadlines
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be a resident in the precinct at least 30 days before the next election
- Be at least 18 years of age on the day of the next general election
- Not currently be in jail for a criminal conviction
- STRICT PHOTO ID REQUIRED — upheld by Supreme Court on 4/28/2008 in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board
- Early Voting in Person or by Mail
Registration Deadline: 29 days before the election
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News & Commentary
Voter ID Laws Do Not Suppress the Vote | 04/04/16
By Hans von Spakovsky
Polls consistently show that Americans -- regardless of race or ethnicity -- agree that requiring identification to vote is a common-sense way to ensure the integrity of our elections. The repeated narrative pushed by critics that this "suppresses" votes is a myth.
That claim has been disproven by the turnout results in states such as Georgia and Indiana, whose voter ID laws have been in place for years. In fact, these states experienced almost no problems despite apocalyptic predictions of opponents. The number of Americans who don't already have an ID is minuscule -- and every state with a voter ID law gives a free ID to anyone who can't afford one.
Opponents who say there is no voter fraud are wrong. As the Supreme Court noted in 2008 when it upheld Indiana's photo ID law, we have a long, documented history of voter fraud in this country -- and it could make the difference in a close election. That is why states should also be requiring proof-of-citizenship to register to prevent non-citizens from illegally voting.
Read more of ACRU Policy Board member Hans von Spakovsky's column in USA TODAY.
Faulty Data Fuel Challenges to Voter ID Laws | 03/07/16
By Don Palmer
The use of photo identification to confirm the identity of voters serves an essential election security function in America's polling places and boosts citizens' confidence in the voting process.
In perhaps their most prevalent means of attack, opponents of laws requiring photo ID greatly exaggerate the number of voters without a valid ID. In legislative, litigation, and public relations battles, opponents use wildly inflated numbers in an attempt both to portray these laws as burdensome and to gain partisan electoral advantage.
They cite a highly inflated number of voters who do not possess a driver's license as the universal number of those who are not able to vote, even though, under all state photo ID laws, various other forms of ID, such as federal and state government IDs, U.S. passports, tribal IDs, or even employer-issued or university student IDs, are also acceptable.
Read Heritage Foundation report.
Meet the Police Officer Who's Been Charged with Voter Fraud | 11/12/15
By Hans von Spakovsky
Call the cops! It looks like someone is committing voter fraud in Indiana again! Ironically, in this case, however, the alleged fraudster who has been arrested by the Indiana State Police was a cop.
Unfortunately, even officers who graduate from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy are capable of violating the public trust by allegedly trying to steal an election.
That is the case with Officer Lowell Ross Colen of the Rising Sun Police Department, a small Indiana town of around 2,300 people on the Ohio River across from Kentucky.
Colen was apparently an average guy at the police department. According to his chief, Dave Hewitt, Colen was "fairly well liked and very loyal." Hewitt described Colen as the "kind of guy that would come in and put his time in." However, it seems Colen was doing more than providing for the public safety while on duty at the Rising Sun Police Department.
Colen wanted individuals to vote for his father, Francis "Swede" Colen, in the 2015 May primary for city council. So, he allegedly proceeded to fill out absentee ballot applications for people who were not even eligible to vote in the election, and then voted with these ballots after he received them from election officials.
According to the Indiana State Police Department, he forged the signatures of the supposed voters on some of the documents before turning them into the Ohio County, Ind. clerk's office.
In some cases, Officer Colen is even believed to have been in uniform and on duty while committing the acts.
In a twist of fate, the voting scofflaw was arrested in his home on charges of official misconduct, forgery, voter fraud and ghost employment. He has been charged with 13 felony counts, and is, of course, entitled to a presumption of innocence, so it remains to be seen what the final disposition will be.
Nonetheless, this goes to show that, contrary to what some skeptics say, voting fraud does occur in this country. In local elections with small margins of victory, fraud is especially able to be the deciding factor.
Read more of ACRU Policy Board member Hans von Spakovsky's column.
Destroying Your Vote | 11/10/15
By Walter Williams
Voter ID laws have been challenged because liberal Democrats deem them racist. I guess that's because they see blacks as being incapable of acquiring some kind of government-issued identification. Interesting enough is the fact that I've never heard of a challenge to other ID requirements as racist, such as those: to board a plane, open a charge account, have lab work done or cash a welfare check. Since liberal Democrats only challenge legal procedures to promote ballot-box integrity, the conclusion one reaches is that they are for vote fraud prevalent in many Democrat-controlled cities.
There is another area where the attack on ballot-box integrity goes completely unappreciated. We can examine this attack by looking at the laws governing census taking. As required by law, the U.S. Census Bureau is supposed to count all persons in the U.S. Those to be counted include citizens, legal immigrants and non-citizen long-term visitors. The law also requires that illegal immigrants be a part of the decennial census. The estimated number of illegal immigrants ranges widely from 12 million to 30 million. Official estimates put the actual number closer to 12 million.
Both citizens and non-citizens are included in the census and thus affect apportionment counts. Counting illegals in the census undermines one of the fundamental principles of representative democracy --- namely, that every citizen-voter has an equal voice. Through the decennial census-based process of apportionment, states with large numbers of illegal immigrants, such as California and Texas, unconstitutionally gain additional members in the U.S. House of Representatives thereby robbing the citizen-voters in other states of their rightful representation.
Read more of ACRU Policy Board member Walter Williams' Townhall column.
List of Voter Fraud Cases Keeps Growing | 08/12/15
The Heritage Foundation's list of nearly 300 documented cases of voter fraud in the United States continues to grow.
Recent additions reveal that voter fraud is not just an individual or isolated crime; in some counties and communities, election fraud is almost a way of life.
These additions again reinforce the need for measures such as voter ID laws and procedures designed to verify the accuracy of voter registration information are needed to prevent these crimes in the first place.
Take East Chicago, Ind., for example, a town made infamous by the extensive voter fraud that occurred there in the 2003 Democratic mayoral primary election.
The fraud was so pervasive that the Indiana Supreme Court overturned the results of the primary and ordered a new special election that resulted in a different winner.
A local judge found "direct, competent, and convincing evidence" that supporters of the election's apparent victor, incumbent Mayor Robert Pastrick, orchestrated an elaborate scheme of absentee ballot fraud.
Indiana Voter ID Law for Absentee Ballots Advances | 02/09/15
INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indiana legislative committee has backed a proposal that would require the use of voter identification numbers for mail-in absentee ballots.
The Senate Elections Committee voted 5-4 Monday to advance the bill.
Sponsor Republican Sen. Mike Young of Indianapolis says requiring the identification number will help prevent instances of voter fraud. The number would be available via a state phone line and website.
Resisting the Siren Song of Voting 'Reform' | 06/09/14
As the nation gears up for crucial midterm congressional elections in November, another "reform" proposal has emerged, with lawmakers hearing the predictable siren song of "go along, or be accused of racism."
That's a scary threat when a charge of racial bigotry -- real or imagined -- has enormous power.
In such a hothouse liberal-media culture, Democrats have managed to persuade an ordinarily sensible Republican, Wisconsin's Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., to take leave of his senses and sponsor this bad legislation.
The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (H.R. 3899, S. 1945) was introduced in January as a response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Shelby v. Holder on June 25, 2013, invalidating one part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Liberals are pressuring congressional leaders of both parties to enact this legislative "fix."
On June 4, more than 80 liberal religious groups sent a letter to Congress urging passage.
The original law required the U.S. Justice Department or a D.C.-based federal court panel to preclear any voting-law changes in nine mostly Southern states and local jurisdictions in six others. Enacted with huge majorities in both houses of Congress, the statute eliminated Jim Crow laws that had discriminated against blacks since the days of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The law was a crucial, effective component of the civil rights campaign to end racial discrimination.
In recent years, however, evidence has piled up that Section 5 is being abused by a politicized Justice Department. The Supreme Court rightly noted that Section 4, which justified and required unequal treatment of some states under Section 5, could no longer pass constitutional muster because it relied on nearly 50-year-old, obsolete data.
Read more of Robert Knight's Washington Times column,
Primaries Offer First Test of New Voter ID Laws | 03/03/14
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In elections that begin this week, voters in 10 states will be required to present photo identification before casting ballots -- the first major test of voter ID laws after years of legal challenges arguing that the measures are designed to suppress voting.
The first election is March 4 in Texas, followed by nine other primaries running through early September that will set the ballot for the midterm elections in November, when voters decide competitive races for governor and control of Congress.
The primaries will be closely watched by both sides of the voter ID debate, which intensified in 2011, the year after Republicans swept to power in dozens of statehouses.
Indiana Jury Convicts Two of Vote Fraud in 2008 Presidential Ballot Petition Case | 04/29/13
A jury has convicted two former Indiana Democratic Party officials on multiple counts of election fraud stemming from false signatures on candidate petitions for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in 2008.
Vote Fraud Trial Underway in Indiana | 04/23/13
A former Democratic official and a Board of Elections worker are accused of being part of a plot that has raised questions over whether President Obama's campaign -- when he was a candidate in 2008 -- submitted enough legitimate signatures to have legally qualified for the presidential primary ballot.
The two face charges of orchestrating an illegal scheme to fake the petitions that enabled then-candidates Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton, to qualify for the race in Indiana.
Click here for full article.
4 Indiana Dems Charged with Fraud in 2008 Election | 04/03/12
Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph
County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case
involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in
the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack
Obama and Hillary
Clinton on the Indiana ballot.
Click here for full article.
Betrayal by Any Other Name | 03/19/12
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published March 19, 2012 in The Washington Times.
What would you call it if some Americans went overseas to the United Nations Human Rights Council and gave aid and comfort to some of the most repressive regimes on the planet?
What if they falsely accused America of suppressing the vote of racial minorities because some states require voter photo ID and other measures to deter fraud?
I'd call it "treason," but you also could say it's just liberal politics as usual.
Continue reading “Betrayal by Any Other Name”.
Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations | 03/13/12
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell and ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published March 13, 2012 on The Daily Caller website.
The far left is making an unprecedented two-track move to derail states' efforts to protect the integrity of the ballot box for this November's elections. While the Department of Justice (DOJ) is blocking state efforts, liberal activists are taking this issue to the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Attorney General Eric Holder is invoking Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). He claims it gives him the power to block Texas's voter ID law, which simply requires that voters show that they are who they say they are before they cast a vote to influence an election outcome. This is the same argument Holder made to block South Carolina's voter ID law, a move that has landed him in federal court.
Continue reading “Voter ID Insanity at DOJ Going to the United Nations”.
Voter Fraud in This Life and the Next | 02/17/12
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published February 17, 2012 in The Washington Times.
Did you know that according to a new Pew study, more than 1.8 million dead people are registered to vote? And that leading Democrats are fiercely opposing new laws that tighten voting requirements?
This tells us, just as we suspected, that the zombie population is becoming a major Democratic constituency.
Continue reading “Voter Fraud in This Life and the Next”.
Voter ID Terrifies Democrats | 12/30/11
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 30, 2011 in The Washington Times.
The most consequential election in our lifetime is still 10 months away, but it's clear from the Obama administration's order halting South Carolina's new photo ID law that the Democrats already have brought a gun to a knife fight.
How else to describe this naked assault on the right of a state to create minimal requirements to curb vote fraud?
On Dec. 23, Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez sent a letter ordering South Carolina to stop enforcing its photo ID law. Mr. Perez, who heads the Civil Rights Division that booted charges against the New Black Panther Party for intimidating voters in Philadelphia in 2008, said South Carolina's law would disenfranchise thousands of minority voters.
South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson rejected Mr. Perez's math and explained on Fox News why the law is necessary. The state Department of Motor Vehicles audited a state Election Commission report that said 239,333 people were registered to vote but had no photo ID. The DMV found that 37,000 were deceased, more than 90,000 had moved to other states, and others had names not matched to IDs. That left only 27,000 people registered without a photo ID but who could vote by signing an affidavit as to their identity.
Continue reading “Voter ID Terrifies Democrats”.
Playing the Race Card before Election Day | 12/16/11
This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published December 16, 2011 in The Washington Times.
Is it racist to require people to show a photo ID when they vote? You need a photo ID for nearly any meaningful transaction, such as cashing checks, including government checks. If this simple requirement "suppresses" the vote, maybe we need to ask why it's such a great idea to push for universal suffrage for every adult who is merely breathing.
Of course, even this latter requirement would suppress the vote in Chicago and New Orleans, where dead people get to vote all the time - and do so cheerfully.
In a speech Tuesday at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum in Austin, Texas, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. warned that recent state reforms, such as requiring photo IDs, might repress the minority vote. He said the Justice Department was reviewing photo ID laws just enacted in Texas and South Carolina and early-voting procedures in Florida.
The overall implication of his otherwise elegant speech commemorating passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act is that tightening voter requirements is more of a threat to the integrity of the system than vote fraud.
Continue reading “Playing the Race Card before Election Day”.