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The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.

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Voting Information

Register to vote!

Check your voter registration status or find your polling place, by visiting Indiana Voters or the Marion County Election Board's Voter Information Portal.

Indiana's Voter I.D. Requirements Indiana law requires all voters who vote in person to show a form of valid I.D. before signing the poll book. To be valid, identification cards MUST display: 1.) your photo, 2.) your name, which must conform to your voter registration record, 3.) an expiration date that is current or has expired AFTER the last general election (Nov. 4, 2014), and 4.) must be issued by the State of Indiana or U.S. government. College ID's from a state school that meet the above requirements are acceptable but IDs from a private school are not valid. If you do not possess a valid form of ID for voting purposes, the BMV is required to provide a card for FREE ... but only if you ask! To learn more on obtaining a free ID card, click here.

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The Road to Reform

HB1003 is legislation that creates a study committee of legislators and citizens to examine those states with redistricting commissions and propose redistricting reform for Indiana before the next round of map-drawing in 2021. We think ending gerrymandering is critical to the future of democratic elections in our state and are looking forward to working with the study committee to devise a reform plan for Indiana that puts voters, not the legislators who draw the maps, back in control of elections.

The study committee puts Indiana on the road to redistricting reform and that's an exciting opportunity. But, in order for the process to result in real reform, citizens must be engaged and involved every step of the way. The League of Women Voters has been working in collaboration with Common Cause and other partners in our Indiana Coalition for Independent Redistricting in helping to get this legislation drafted and passed. It is a small step toward redistricting reform. Now our work really begins. Join the conversation on June 6 to learn how to move forward in this important work. We are thrilled to have Justin Levitt, a nationally known expert in redistricting, join with our own Ted Boehm and Sheila Suess Kennedy to provide a day long workshop on redistricting reform including strategies for engaging voters across the state.

The seminar will be held in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana History Center at 450 W. Ohio Street. Free parking is available in the Center's parking lot which is accessible from New York Street. The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and lunch will be served.

The League of Women Voters needs YOU to attend this meeting so we can collectively join the road to redistricting reform. You must RSVP to register. The event is free. Register by contacting jvaughn@commoncause.org.

Drawing a Line for Democracy

Take Action on Redistricting Reform. Last fall the LWV of Indianapolis and Common Cause/Indiana partnered in a campaign to raise public awareness about the need for an independent redistricting commission. To raise awareness about this issue, a user-friendly resource guide was created.

Since that successful public education push, the Indiana House of Representatives has passed an redistricting reform bill (HB 1032). Far from perfect, there is still time to improve this bill ... if the Senate gives it adequate attention.

Please take a moment to read this article by Debbie Asberry, LWVIN Redistricting Task Force Chair, as well as these pieces in the IBJ and Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette. Then, contact you State Senator asking him/her to give redistricting reform a fair hearing.

You can also find the LWVIN position on redistricting here

Education Policy Review

At the June 2013 Annual Meeting of the League of Women Voters of Indianapolis, members approved a committee to review current League positions (local, state, and national) on education issues and determine whether they adequately cover the League's current concerns on education matters.

When the committee began work in late summer, it started by gathering current information about K-12 public education in Indiana, especially about funding and recent alternatives to traditional public schools. Members of the committee studied numerous reports and websites and met with staff members of the Indiana Department of Education.

A preliminary report on their findings and a list of suggested resources can be found here and here.

Please check the Calendar of Events page to learn of any new study meetings you might like to attend -- new study members are always welcome!