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As the big Election Day approaches in Indianapolis, it's important to be sure you have everything in order.
What you need to know on Election Day
Make sure you're registered:
The period to register to vote is closed, but you can always check to see if you are registered. There are multiple websites - like CanIVote.org - that allow you to search databases using your name and date of birth to find out where to vote, what precincts you can vote in and whether you need any additional documentation when you go to the polling place.
Know when the polls are open:
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and all polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Find your district:
Check out NUVO's Election Guide map or go to the Marion County Election Board's voter information portal.
Find your polling place:
To find your polling place, you can also search for your address on the Election Board's voter information portal, but this time you'll select "polling place" in the drop-down menu. Here you can find not only the address of your polling place, but a map, driving directions and pictures.
What you'll need to take with you:
Take a state-issued ID. This includes an Indiana driver's license, Indiana photo ID card, Military ID or a US Passport. A student ID from an Indiana state school may be used only if it includes your photo, name and an expiration date.
If you don't have a state-issued ID when you go to your polling place, you will not be turned away and you can still cast a provisional ballot.
Free photo IDs are available from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. BMV branches will have extended hours the day before Election Day (8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m.) and on Election Day (6 a.m. until 7 p.m.).
How to request assistance to the polls:
Marion County does not offer rides to the polls, but voters in need of assistance to polls generally contact their political party. For information, contact the Marion County Democrats or the Marion County Republicans. Currently, there are no plans for the Libertarian party to provide rides, but check their website to see if there have been any updates as the day approaches.
How to vote early/absentee:
If you opt not to go to the polls on Nov. 8 you can either choose to early vote or vote absentee. While the application deadline to submit an absentee ballot has already passed, the deadline to return any absentee ballot is 6 p.m., Nov. 8. Ballots should be returned to the City-County Building.
Early voting takes place at the Marion County Clerk's office Monday through Friday Oct. 10-28 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Oct. 31-Nov 4, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Weekend hours for Oct. 22, 23,29 and 30 and Nov. 5 and 6 are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Early voting will also take place the day before Election Day, Monday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Important voter contacts:
Hoosier Voter Hotline: 866-IN-1-VOTE
Indiana Election Division Hotline: 800-622-4941
Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Hotline: 800-622-4845