Over the past several months, Pew collected data about the 2012 presidential election from nearly every state and the District of Columbia. We used the findings to create a snapshot of each jurisdiction, focusing on how many people voted, how long they waited to cast their ballots, how they cast them, and how many ballots were not counted. These snapshots will be released over the coming months, five at a time, and the Election Data Dispatches will take a closer look at the latest snapshots each week.
In the 66 Indiana counties that reported data, voters in 2012 cast 4,801 provisional ballots, of which 3,997—or 83 percent—were rejected. Of the rejected ballots, nearly 1 in 3 was rejected because the ballot was cast in the wrong jurisdiction, the most common reason statewide. Another 11 percent were disallowed because the voter failed to provide sufficient identification.
In 2012, Indiana was one of four states that required voters to present photo identification before casting a ballot. Under state law, voters who cannot provide appropriate ID must cast a provisional ballot and then provide documentation within 10 days in order for the ballot to be counted.