NVRA Settlement Agreement with the State of Indiana

NVRA Settlement Agreement with the State of Indiana

May 12, 2011
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The settlement with the state of Indiana sets forth the procedures that Indiana must follow for distributing voter registration applications to public assistance clients, both in its in-person transactions with these clients and in those transactions that occur by mail, over the telephone, and through the internet.  The settlement also institutes a variety of measures aimed at promoting and ensuring compliance, including training, data collection, and monitoring.
 
When the NVRA first was implemented in Indiana, about 3,500 persons, on average, were submitting voter registration applications each month at public assistance offices.  However, by 2007-2008 (the last reporting period prior to this suit being filed in July 2009), the number of persons submitting registration applications at public assistance offices had dropped precipitously, to an average of only about 100 a month.  This decrease occurred despite a large increase in the number of public assistance clients in the State.