People Who Left Johnson County Decades Ago May Still Be Registered Voters

Published: Mar. 31, 2016 at 4:39 PM CDT
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Officials in Johnson County say there are people listed as registered voters in the county who haven't voted in decades, and there's nothing they can do about it.

"Johnson County has many voters who we strongly believe moved away years or even decades ago, including University of Iowa graduates in their mid-40s who last voted in 1992," county officials said in a news release Thursday.

Auditor Travis Weipert says the "voters" cost the county money when they send notifications about changes in polling places while also hurting voter turnout numbers.

"It's a headache for us here in Johnson County," Weipert said.

On Thursday officials sent new voter cards to everyone in the county by mail.

"If the card is addressed to someone who does not live at your address, check the box marked “The person to whom this card is addressed does not live at this address,” SIGN THE CARD, and return it," officials said in the release.

Johnson County officials said the only way to clean-up the rolls is through public response. Those who receive cards with correct information do not need to respond.