Indiana’s local (municipal) elections are quickly approaching. Here’s what you need to know to be ready for election day!
Q: What is the difference between a municipal election and other types of elections?
A: Municipal elections are held in odd numbered years when city and town positions are on the ballot. During these elections, no statewide or presidential candidates are on the ballot. At a municipal election, you will vote for candidates for mayor, city or town council and other local government positions.
Q: When is Election Day this year?
A: The General Election Day for 2019 is November 5, 2019
Q: How do I register to vote?
A: Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Apply Now”
Q: How can I check to see if I am already registered to vote?
A: Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Check Your Registration Record”
Q: How do I update my registration information?
A: Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Update Voter Information.” You will need a valid driver’s license or Indiana State Identification Card number.
Q: How do I know where to go to vote?
A: Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Find Your Polling Place”
Q: How do I know who will be on my ballot?
A: Visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Check Your Registration Record.” Type in the information needed and click “Submit” then “Continue” if the name that pops up is you. On the left hand side of the screen, click the drop down arrow next to “Voting Information,” then click “Who’s On My Ballot.” Finally, click the drop down and select “2019 Municipal Election.” Your candidates will pop up underneath.
Q: I won’t be in town on election day, can I still vote?
A: Yes, you can, but there are a few rules you must follow. You can vote by mail by visiting https://indianavoters.in.gov/ and click “Absentee Ballot.” The deadline to vote by mail is October 24, 2019. Fill out the application online under “ABS-MAIL: Application for Absentee Ballot” then mail in the form to your county (address is provided on second page of application).
You may also vote early in person from October 8, 2019 to November 4, 2019 at noon. Every county has different locations where you can vote early; visit https://indianavoters.in.gov/ to see where you are eligible to vote early.
Q: Municipal elections don’t seem as important as presidential elections. Why should I take the time to go vote?
A: Voting doesn’t typically take up too much of your time, and it is a right guaranteed to us since the founding of our country. So, we should feel a sense of responsibility and pride to vote in every election no matter who is on the ballot. Additionally, your local government officeholders have the power to decide which potholes are filled in your neighborhoods, which streets are plowed first in the winter months and where your public transportation will serve your community. Local government also presides over other vital services such as fire and police departments, housing services, emergency medical services and public works including sewers and signage.