NE Indiana lawmakers: Don't miss Oct. 5 voter registration deadline is Hoosiers' one-stop-shop for election info

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Thursday, September 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 24, 2020) – Northeast Indiana lawmakers encourage local residents to register to vote or check their registration status before the Oct. 5 deadline using the state's online voter portal at

State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) said Hoosiers can also go to ahead of the deadline to verify their registration is active and update the personal information in their voter record. Once completed, registration forms can be submitted online, or printed and mailed or hand delivered to the county voter registration official or the Indiana Election Division.

"Many think voting will not make a difference, but that couldn't be further from the truth," Zent said. "Each election drives the issues that shape our community, and every vote counts. All eligible voters should register so they can cast their ballot."

To register, Indiana residents must be at least 18 years old on or before Nov. 3, have a valid Indiana Driver's License or Indiana State Identification Card, be a citizen of the United States, have lived in the same precinct for at least 30 days before Nov. 3, and not be currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime. According to State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City), those who do not have a driver's license or state ID can register to vote in person at county government centers, public assistance offices and when completing a Bureau of Motor Vehicles transaction.

"There are many options available to register to vote," Abbott said. "It takes a small amount of time online, and other choices like registering at your county clerk's office are available. It can't get much easier."

In-person early voting begins Oct. 6, and State Rep. Ben Smaltz said the state is providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants to local election officials to protect poll workers, election staff and voters.

"Health and safety measures will be in place at all polling locations just like the June primary election," Smaltz said. "Voting early is always an option for those concerned with a possible large turnout or waiting in line for an extended period. Check online or with your local election office for the available voting dates that begin in early October."

For early vote locations and hours, to see who is on the ballot and additional information regarding Election Day on Nov. 3, visit




State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes 
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which

includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51,

which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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