(Apologies to Chris Spangle)
There has been a lot of blog chatter lately over the number of registered voters in Marion County. Blogger Paul Ogden writes about how the number of registered voters is greater than the number of eligible voters. There are 679,745 registered voters in Marion County, although the population over 18 is 644,197.
Ogden, and those of like minds, infer there is something sinister going on here.
Sorry guys, but sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.
The number of active registered voters is 561,234 voters. There are 118,415 inactive voters. Those are people who moved, died, or haven’t voted in at least one General election.
That’s it folks. No conspiracy.
Now if these guys wanted to blog about purging the voter rolls that’s a different story. According to the Secretary of State’s Office there are 91,000 people who should be purged and Marion County Voter Registration says there are about 46,000 voters who will likely be purged after the next election.
There is some dispute over why these names are still on the poll books.
Demcorats say the process has to be done carefully so voters are not disenfranchised. Republicans say Democrats did not want to spend the money to clean the voter rolls.
Both sides admit though it the extra 118,000 names costs the taxpayers money because of ballot printing.
So if any you folks are looking for some ACORN conspiracy here, there is none.
It’s just Marion County being Marion County.
That’s not ACORN, that’s just nuts.