Secretary of State
Des Moines, IA 50319
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
|FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Chance McElhaney, (515) 725-2942
Information Regarding National Change of Address Program
February's Iowa voter registration numbers were posted to the Iowa Secretary of State's website here. There is a 39,213 person change from last month's "active" voter registration totals. These voters were moved to "inactive" voter registration status due to the annual National Change of Address program.
Voters are not removed from voting lists during the National Change of Address (NCOA) process, they are moved to "inactive" status in accordance with Iowa Code §48A.27 (4). Records of voters who appear to have moved outside the county are changed to "inactive" status until the voter's address can be confirmed.
These changes happen every year as county auditors update their voter lists with the National Change of Address (NCOA) program. NCOA notices must be sent in the first quarter every year. This process was recently completed for 2014 by county auditors. NCOA allows county auditors to check voter's addresses in the statewide voter registration database against the change of address forms received by the U.S. Post Office.
Voters that have appeared to move outside the county (whether outside the state, or simply to another county in Iowa) are mailed a notice which is sent by forwardable mail to the voter's address as indicated by the U.S. Post Office. Voters can then let county auditors know that their old address is correct, the new address provided by the U.S. Post Office is correct, or write in a different address. If that information is provided, the "inactive" voter is moved back to "active" status on the voter registration lists.