Resources to Help You Plan for Election Day

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Primary Election day is May 8, 2018, but you need to be registered by April 9, 2018. Here are some resources to help you get out and vote!

You have the right to vote in Indiana if you meet all the following criteria:

  • You are a US citizen and an Indiana resident.
  • You are 18 years old or will be by the date of the election.
  • You are not currently in prison after having been convicted of a crime.
  • You have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days before the election.
  • You have registered to vote.

Step 1: Register to Vote

Register to Vote at Indiana Voters, the statewide voter registration system. To vote in May, you will have had to have been registered by April 9th. Some exceptions apply for military and overseas voters.

Step 2: Find out Who's on Your Ballot

At Indiana Voters, you can also generate a list of candidates.

Step 3: Learn About the Candidates

There are lots of resources for learning about candidates. Read the news or try aggregation sites like Ballotpedia or Project Vote Smart. The Monroe County Public Library, in partnership with the League of Women Voters, maintains a voting blog that gives voting help and notes local candidate events. Most candidates for any office maintain web presences and both the Herald Times (especially the GOVTRACKER blog) and the IDS offer coverage on local elections.

Step 4: Find out Where to Go

The Indiana Voters site can also find your polling place, or if you meet the criteria, provide the forms to request an absentee ballot. Forms to get an absentee ballot must be received by the state by April 9. Votes by mail must be received by April 30.

Or, if you live in Monroe County, regardless of your address, you can vote early at Monroe County Election Central from 8am - 6pm, weekdays, from April 10 - May 4, or the Saturdays of April 28 and May 5, from 9am - 4pm. The office is on the corner of Seventh and Madison streets at 401 W 7th St, Bloomington, IN 47404.

The state of Indiana has no laws requiring employers to grant time off for voting, but check your employee handbook for your own employer's policy.

Step 5: What to Bring With You

In Indiana, you must bring a photo ID that was issued by Indiana or the Federal government. A state ID, driver's license, U.S.passport, U.S. military ID, or a student ID with an expiration date from a state school  are good examples. So, your Campus Access card should be acceptable. Read more at the Indiana Election Division.

Step 6: Vote!

The polling workers will tell you what to do.

Step 7: Receive Sticker, Feel Good

You voted!

For More Information:

Student Voting Guide: An up to date guide for in and out of state students. Provided by the Office of Provost and Executive Vice President.

Indiana Election Division

Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law (last update, 2016)

Monroe County Elections

Monroe County Clerk's Office, Elections

15th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right to vote, regardless of race.

19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing the right to vote, regardless of sex.

Voting Rights Act of 1965, enforcing the 15th Amendment.

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