The 2011 election season is almost over. Early voting ended today, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, at noon. County Clerk Beth White's office reported that 515 voters cast ballots on the final day for early voting. So far, participation is tracking well ahead of Indy's last municipal election in 2007.
With three days left until the election in 2011, County Clerk Beth White's office has tallied 8,709 in-person early voters. This marks more than 2.25 times more early, in-person voters than 2007. Likewise, the total number of absentee ballots submitted by voters, including by early in-person, mail, traveling board, military and overseas avenues, is up to 18,766 from 10,267 in 2007.
Still, the numbers aren't as robust as during presidential election years. By comparison, the 2010 general election had 21,033 total returned absentee ballots.
The clerk's office offers the following tips about voting at its City-County Building location:
- Reimbursed parking is available at the two lots east of the building on the former Market Square Arena site. Voters will need to pre-pay the lot fee, but can ask for a voucher in the Election Board office to be reimbursed upon exiting.
- Voters should use the Delaware Street entrance for easy access to the Clerk's office.
- Absentee vote-by-mail ballots are due no later than 6 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Civilian vote-by-mail ballots received after 6 p.m. tomorrow cannot be counted.
Be Election Ready
Election Day is Tuesday, November 8 and the polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Marion County voters are reminded to:
- Know where you go to vote. Use the Voter Information Portal at or call us at (317) 327-VOTE (8683)
- Bring your valid, government-issued photo ID. Indiana law requires voters to show an ID that is current or expired after the last general election (Nov. 2, 2010), have a photo, include your name that conforms with the poll book and be issued by the state of Indiana or federal government.
- The BMV has special hours Monday and Tuesday to help voter's procure an ID. Voters are entitled to a free ID card if they state it's for voting purposes AND they provided the necessary underlying documentation.
- Voters who forget their ID on Election Day can vote provisionally, but need to bring their ID to the Clerk's office no later than noon, Friday, November 18.
Editor's Note: This story, originally posted on the morning of Nov. 7 was updated later in the day to include the final early voting numbers.