Voter Registration

After requesting help from NUVO readers in coming up with questions for the local, state and congressional candidates on the ballot in the midterm elections, you more than came through.

Now, the candidates are busy preparing their answers. Some of them have even already returned them ahead of schedule. (Shout out to U.S. House of Representatives 5th District Democratic candidate Dee Thornton and 6th District Libertarian candidate Tom Ferkinhoff.) The deadline to return the answers—100 words or fewer for each question, please—to me is Sept. 26. Please respond by email (preferably) at or by mail at 3951 N. Meridian St., Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46208. 

If you are a candidate and haven't received your questionnaire yet, please let me know. I will start publishing the answers we receive back in a four-week series every Wednesday starting Oct. 3. And, there will be a special section in our Halloween edition before votes are cast.

However, all this work I'm doing is pointless unless you are registered to vote and then actually do so on Election Day, Nov. 6.

So, imagine my reaction when I heard that Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson said Tuesday that nearly half a million voter registrations in the state had been purged since the last election.

Lawson said this applied to “inactive” voters who did not cast ballots in 2014, 2015, and 2016, or did not respond to a 2014 postcard mailed to every voter in the state. 

To check your own registration, find your polling place, see who is on your ballot, or register to vote, visit the following link. The form will ask you for your first name, last name, date of birth, and county. (It also asks for your Indiana Driver's License Number, but this is optional.)

Rob Burgess, News Editor at NUVO Newsweekly, can be reached by email at, by phone at 317-808-4614 or on Twitter @robaburg.

Writer - Local Government and Justice

My background is that I'm the fourth generation in my family to work as a journalist. I also have a degree from Indiana University in Elementary Education. My wife, Ash, and I have two children, Harper, 4, and Emerald, 1.

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