In Indiana, Primary Election day is May 5, 2020, but you need to be registered by April 6, 2020.
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 in the May primary, you will have had to have been registered by April 6th. 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
David Askins of the B-Square Beacon has compiled a guide to all the candidates running in the 2020 Monroe County Primaries.
The Monroe County League of Women Voters often offers a candidate survey called "The Keys to the Candidates."
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 requesting an absentee ballot must be received by the state by April 23rd.
Or, if you live in Monroe County, regardless of your address, you can vote early at Monroe County Election Central beginning May 5th. 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. For example, most IU employees scheduled to work all 12 hours the polls are open may take up to two hours with pay to go vote.
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. Your CrimsonCard 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
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.
Voter's Tool Box: Page of resources maintained by the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters
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.