August 24, 2016

Evan Bayh Doesn’t Know His Indiana Address

In an interview with WLFI-TV, Indiana Senate candidate Evan Bayh was asked to recite his address to prove to Indiana voters that he still lives in the Hoosier State.

“1142, uh, Canterbury Court, [Unit] C,” Bayh replied. “It’s on my driver’s license.”

Slam dunk, right? Wrong. As Independent Journal Review reports, Bayh’s street name is actually Canterbury Square, a residence several blocks from the Canterbury Court address he told the TV station.

For weeks, Bayh has struggled to beat back a narrative that when he walked away from the Senate in 2011, he left Indiana, too:

A CNN review of public records since Bayh left office in 2011 shows the Democrat repeatedly listed his two multi-million dollar homes in Washington as his main places of residence — not the $53,000 condo he owns in Indianapolis.

And just last week, CNN found that Bayh’s Indiana voting status is listed as “inactive” with the secretary of state’s office:

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.

Unsurprisingly a flurry of bad headlines followed each story, and the reaction to Bayh’s latest flub shows this storyline isn’t going away any time soon: