Saunders: What you should know before Election Day

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Saturday, August 29, 2020

As we approach Election Day, Hoosiers should be aware of an important online resource, which offers information on voting locations, registration status, ballot information and much more. IndianaVoters.com is the state's easy-to-use website to find out what you should know before Nov. 3.

You can use IndianaVoters.com to check the status of your voting registration or register to vote by the Oct. 5 deadline. Just click the "Apply Now" button under "Register To Vote." The registration form can be submitted online, or printed out and mailed or hand delivered to the county voter registration official or the Indiana Election Division.

In order 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.

Several options are also available to cast your ballot. 

Early voting could help you avoid potential crowds on Election Day. Early voting begins Oct. 6 for the upcoming general election and ends at noon on Nov. 2. There are several early voting locations in Henry County, and to find these locations, early voting dates and times in our community, click on the button on the bottom of the IndianaVoters.com homepage labeled, "Visit My Voter Portal."

If you prefer to vote in person on Election Day, your voter portal will identify your polling location, hours and directions. The state will provide personal protective equipment to poll workers and voters in all counties, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfectants.

Some Hoosiers may be unable to make it to the polls on Election Day. These voters who meet certain eligibility requirements could utilize absentee voting by mail. There are several reasons you can vote absentee by mail, and some of those reasons include being at work during the 12 hours the polls are open, being at least 65 years of age, and being confined to your residence, health care facility or a hospital due to illness or injury. A mail-in ballot can be requested online by visiting IndianaVoters.com and clicking the "apply online" button under "Vote by Mail or Traveling Board." Applications to request a vote-by-mail ballot must be received by the county election board by 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 22. County election officials must receive all completed mail-in ballots no later than noon on Nov. 3. Absentee ballots are already being accepted, and those who plan on applying should do so soon.

IndianaVoters.com makes it easy to find out what you need to know before Nov. 3. While we are all still adapting to the pandemic and the many challenges it has brought to our community and state, I encourage everyone to make sure their voice is still heard this Election Day.

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State Rep. Tom Saunders (R-Lewisville) represents House District 54,

which includes Henry County and portions of Rush and Wayne counties.

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