- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 18, 2016

The Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Indiana has had his voter-registration there listed by state elections officials as “inactive,” CNN reported.

Former Sen. Evan Bayh was put in that status when the Indiana Election Division could not verify that he lives at the Indianapolis condo he lists as an official address.

CNN reported that Mr. Bayh has been listed as “inactive” twice in the past two years — in July 2014 and last week.

The state sent multiple postcards to Mr. Bayh’s Indianapolis address requesting confirmation but never got any reply, according to CNN, which based its report on “copies of the mailers and state voting records.”

A person’s registration being listed as “inactive” in Indiana does not mean a person is ineligible to hold office or cannot vote, though it is the first step in being removed from the voter rolls. According to CNN, Mr. Bayh has voted absentee since leaving elected office after the 2010 elections.

But the revelation comes on top of an earlier CNN report that Mr. Bayh has consistently listed his main address as two multimillion-dollar homes in Washington and gives further fuel to Republican charges that Mr. Bayh had abandoned the conservative, close-knit state and is only claiming to be a Hoosier for political convenience.

Then-Sen. Richard Lugar of Indiana faced similar “no longer one of us” claims about Washington residence in the 2012 Republican primary and was defeated.

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