INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – This year’s election takes on even greater importance with a hotly contested presidential race and several Indiana races that have gained attention both locally and nationally.
Here’s what you need to know when voting in Indiana this year:
You can vote in Indiana if you’re a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Indiana. You must be at least 18 years old on Nov. 8, 2016, to vote in this year’s General Election.
In addition, you can vote if you’re not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime and if you’ve lived in the precinct where you’re voting for at least 30 days prior to the election.
You must, of course, also be registered to vote.
Check Your Voter Registration
You can check your voter registration at IndianaVoters.com. Due to reports of potential voter registration irregularities, you’re strongly urged to double-check your information to make sure it’s accurate.
Find Your Polling Place
Where should you vote? You can visit this website to find your polling place.
Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 6 p.m., you can still vote.
Indiana Voters Must Have a Photo ID!
Make sure you have a photo ID! You can’t vote in Indiana without one. It’s a state law. Your photo ID must be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government. In most cases, an Indiana driver’s license, state ID, military ID or U.S. passport will suffice.
Anyone in need of an ID can get one at a BMV location. The agency has expanded hours on Nov. 7 and Nov. 8 for the election.
Major Races, Even a State Constitutional Amendment on 2016 Ballot
This year’s General Election includes several key races:
- U.S. Senate (1 seat)
- Attorney General
- Superintendent of Public Instruction
- U.S. House of Representatives (9 seats)
- Indiana State Senate (25 seats)
- Judges of circuit and superior courts in several counties
- Several county-level positions such as auditor, recorder, treasurer, assessor, etc.
- Retention of state appellate judges or local judges
- State constitutional amendment that would guarantee Hoosiers’ constitutional right to hunt and fish
Find the Candidates on Your Ballot
Go to this website and enter your information to look at the different races on your ballot. You can also check out this nifty election tool from our newsgathering partners at the IndyStar to build your ballot and compare candidates.
Not Satisfied with Presidential Options? Your Write-In Options Are Limited
Many Hoosiers have expressed frustration with this year’s presidential race and don’t like their options. If you’re considering voting for a write-in candidate, you can’t fill in just any name and expect it to count. Indiana has 15 write-in candidates on the presidential ballot. You can find the list here.
- Oct. 31, 2016: Deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received
- Nov. 8, 2016: Election Day (absentee ballots must be received by this date)
Voters can cast their ballots before Nov. 8 in Indiana counties. Here are resources for the central nine Indiana counties: