The 2018 midterm elections are quickly approaching and we want you to be prepared to exercise your right to vote! Here are answers to some common questions:

What are the important dates I need to know?

Deadline to register to vote: October 9, 2018

Deadline to request an absentee ballot: October 29, 2018

Early voting (at the county clerk’s office): October 10 –November 3, 2018

Election Day: November 6, 2018

How do I register to vote?

Go to Indianavoters.com, click “Apply Now” and follow the prompts to register.

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

Go to Indianavoters.com, click “Check Your Registration Record” and follow the prompts to check the status of your registration.

How can I update my voter registration?

If you have moved or changed your name you will need to update your voter registration information. Go to Indianavoters.com, click “Check Your Registration Record” and fill out the form. On the left-hand side of your browser, click “Update Voter Information” and follow the prompts from there.

How do I know if I am able to vote?

To vote in Indiana you must fulfill each of the following criteria:

  1. Have a valid Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State Identification Card.
  2. Be a citizen of the United States.
  3. Be at least 18 years old on or before the next general, municipal or special election. (A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.)
  4. Have lived in your precinct for at least 30 DAYS before the next general, municipal, or special election.
  5. Not currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.

Can I vote if I have been formerly incarcerated?

Yes. You just can’t vote if you are currently incarcerated.

How can I vote absentee?

To request an absentee ballot, visit: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm. You may choose between either an in-person absentee ballot or a ballot by mail. Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the correct PDF.

You must comply with one of the following reasons to vote absentee:

    1. You have a specific, reasonable expectation that you will be absent from the county on Election Day during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open (6 am until 6 pm).
    2. You have a disability.
    3. You are at least 65 years of age.
    4. You will have official election duties outside of your voting precinct.
    5. You are scheduled to work at your regular place of employment during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    6. You will be confined due to illness or injury or you will be caring for an individual confined due to illness or injury during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    7. You are prevented from voting because of a religious discipline or religious holiday during the entire 12 hours that the polls are open.
    8. You are a participant in the state’s address confidentiality program.
    9. You are a member of the military or a public safety officer.
    10. You are a “serious sex offender” as defined in Indiana Code 35-42-4-14(a).
    11. You are prevented from voting due to the unavailability of transportation to the polls.

Do I need an ID to vote?

Before signing the poll list and casting a ballot, you must present a government-issued photo ID to verify your identity. A valid ID for voting purposes must:

  1. Include the voter’s name, which must confirm—not necessary to be identical – to the name on the individual’s voter registration record.
  2. Include a photograph of the individual.
  3. Except for certain military and veterans documents, include an expiration date that shows the ID current or expired after November 8, 2016.
  4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. Government.

Where is my polling location?

Go to this website and fill out the form to see where you are able to vote on Election Day.

If I live in a different city than where I am attending school, can I vote in that city?

Yes, you need to update your registration with the address of where you’re residing in your school’s city and vote at a polling location in that city.

 

Citations: https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2402.htm and Indianavoters.in.gov