Indiana's primary election is Tuesday, May 6, setting the stage for the Nov. 4 general election when the winners from the primary square off against each other. You may vote in your precinct polling place as usual, or you may vote by absentee ballot in several ways.
If you are confined to your home or in the hospital, I encourage you to call the clerk's office in your county. A travel board composed with a member from each party will arrange to come to your home, and bring a ballot to be present while you to vote.
If you will be out of town or at work during the entire time the polls are open (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.), or are over the age of 65, you may request an absentee ballot to be sent to your home for your convenience. You must submit an application for an absentee ballot, which can be received by calling your county clerk's office or online at www.in.gov/sos/elections/forms/index.html.
Upon receiving the absentee ballot, mark your choices and send it back to the election board no later than April 28. An application for an absentee ballot does not require a photo ID.
Additionally, any qualified voter with proper identification may vote early in person in the county clerk's office at the election board between April 7 and May 5. The DeKalb County clerk's office and the Allen County election board office are also open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on two Saturdays, April 26 and May 3.
The Allen County election board office (260-449-7424) is located on the first floor of the City-County Building. The DeKalb County clerk's office (260-925-9787) is in the DeKalb County Courthouse. You may also call either office or utilize http://www.indianavoters.com/ if you do not know the location of your polling place.
Remember that you will be required to show a valid state-issued photo ID in order to place your vote at a polling place. If you do not currently have a driver's license, a photo identification card may be obtained for free from any BMV license branch.
The mail-in ballot must be received by noon Monday, May 5. The deadline for absentee by mail applications are to be received by your county clerk by May 5.
Every vote is extremely important in this election.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 1-800-382-9841, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write me at the Statehouse, 200 W. Washington St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.