TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) – Indiana’s record-low turnout in the 2014 election is raising scrutiny of how states register their voters.
The Tribune-Star reports Indiana has consistently been ranked among the five states with the lowest midterm voter turnout since 2002. The state had the lowest turnout rate in the nation last year, with just over 28 percent of eligible voters casting a ballot.
Midterm elections typically have lower turnouts than presidential elections. But a new report on voter turnout says the methods states use to register voters could also be a factor.
Executive director Brian Miller of Nonprofit VOTE says only 10 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to go to the polls and register to vote on Election Day.
Indiana requires voters to register 29 days before an election.