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Voter Information

Who is on the ballot in the next election? How to register to vote? ...and more

Voter Information

Who Is On My Ballot? During election season, many useful resources exist to help you research the candidates you will see on your Election Day ballot.
1.) The LWV's own Vote411 site allows you to research candidates for statewide offices.
2.) The Indianapolis Star's voter guide provides candidate information and allows you to build a ballot.
3.) Understanding who to vote for in a judge's race can be challenging! The Indianapolis Bar Association often provides candidate profiles on local judges and the Indiana Division of State Courts supplies information on Supreme and Appeals Court judges up for retention.
4.) Avoid candidate information from questionable or biases sources! Also, do your own homework directly and use web sites such as the well-respected Annenberg Public Policy Center site FactCheck.Org

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 posess 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.

Voter Registration Status. Go to the Secretary of State's Indiana Voters site or the Marion County Voter Information Portal to verify your voter registration status. If you are an Indiana resident with a valid Indiana driver's license or Indiana state-issued identification card, you can submit a new voter registration application or update an existing voter registration record online.

Voting Districts. District lines were redrawn across the state following the 2010 census. Always review legislative district maps, including precinct maps, prior to Election Day. To review maps, go to the Marion County Election Division's Web site. (You can also find voting district information through the Secretary of State's Indiana Voters site or the Marion County Voter Information Portal)

Vote-By-Mail (aka "Absentee Ballots"). Vote-by-mail ballot applications must be completed for every election; they are not kept on file. To download an application, click here or call (317) 327-5100.

College Students. You can claim the address you traveled from to attend school as your permanent address or you may claim your permanent residence will be in the community in which you are attending school. For the purposing of registering to vote, you can only have one "permanent residence." Whether or not you will claim your home or school address as your permanent address will depend on individual circumstances.

Felons. Convicted felons are not permanently disenfranchised in the state of Indiana. Therefore, a convicted felon who is no longer in prison can vote. They can even vote if they are on parole, probation, or under home detention. They will likely need to re-register to vote, however.

FAQ's. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about registering to vote and voting.

Useful Links. The Secretary of State's Web site, IndianaVoters.com is where you can verify your registration status and polling location. You can also use this site to register to vote, request an absentee ballot application, review a sample ballot, and even verify who your current elected officials are. The Marion County Election Board Web site is another great resource for learning more about upcoming elections, including important dates, as well as for information on how you can get involved on Election Day as a poll worker.

Register to Vote

The LWV's, Voting in Marion County, brochure answers many voter registration questions. Please click here to go to the brochure.

To check your voter registration status or to find your polling place, visit IndianaVoters.com or visit the Marion County Election Board's Voter Information Portal.

Contacting Elected Officials

Need to find out who your elected official is and how to contact him or her?

Visit the Indiana Secretary of State's IndianaVoters.com site and look for the link "See Who My Elected Officials Are." In Marion County, you can also use the Marion County Election Board's Voter Information Portal. Both sights will also help you find your elected official's contact information.

Phone calls and e-mail are the most effective ways to reach an elected official - and your contact does make a difference. Keep your message focused. Be respectful. When applicable, reference the specific piece of legislation (i.e., bill number) that concerns you. Remember to include your postal address and other contact information. (This is true for letters to the editor as well!)