Report: Bayh Ruled Inactive Voter

Opponent has portrayed former senator as out of touch with Indiana

Republicans have tried painting Evan Bayh as a Washington insider. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Republicans have tried painting Evan Bayh as a Washington insider. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted August 19, 2016 at 9:06am

Election officials have twice ruled that former Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh is an inactive voter after they failed to confirm that he lives in Indianapolis, which he claims as home.

The Indiana Democrat is running for his old Senate seat but his opponent’s campaign has portrayed him as more a creature of Washington than Indiana. Bayh’s voting status was first ruled inactive in 2014, and then again last week, CNN reported.

Election officials sent multiple postcards to Bayh’s Indianapolis condo but did not receive a response.

This comes on the heels of another report showing that Bayh listed his Washington homes as his main residence as opposed to his residence in Indianapolis.

[Report: Bayh Often Listed Residence in D.C., Not Indiana]

“The only time he ever shows up in Indiana is when he wants something from us,” Trevor Foughty, campaign manager for Bayh’s opponent Rep. Todd Young, told CNN. “And he’s so unbelievably arrogant, he actually thinks Hoosiers don’t notice.”

Bayh jumped into the Senate race after former Democratic Rep. Barron Hill dropped out. Bayh and Young are running to replace retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats. The Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call rates the race Tilts Democrat