Indiana Democrat Evan Bayh an ‘Inactive’ Voter in Hoosier State


When you are running for United States Senate and claiming to live in a state, you might want to check your mail. That’s the lesson former Senator and Democrat candidate Evan Bayh is learning in Indiana:

Election officials in Indiana have concluded that former Sen. Evan Bayh is an “inactive” voter in their state after they failed to confirm he lives in Indianapolis, creating a new problem for the Democrat as he mounts a late effort to win back his old Senate seat.

According to records obtained by CNN, Bayh has been listed as an inactive voter twice since leaving office — once in July 2014 and the second time last week.

In both instances, election officials had sent multiple postcards to Bayh’s Indianapolis address to determine that he lives there. Both times the post office could not reach Bayh at the condo he owns in Indianapolis despite multiple attempts, prompting the Indiana Election Division to list him as inactive, according to copies of the mailers and state voting records.

Inactive voters aren’t immediately purged from the voter rolls, and remain eligible to run for office, but this is yet another sign that the Hoosier turned D.C. insider isn’t exactly spending a lot of time in Indiana.

After leaving the Senate in 2009, Bayh got work as an adviser for a law and lobbying firm and as a senior adviser for a private equity firm. Long story short, he left Indiana and cashed out.

Bayh is widely viewed as the favorite in the Indiana senate race, having high favorability numbers, but those might drop as more Hoosiers realize he just isn’t as connected to the state as he used to be.