Secretary Lawson reminds Hoosiers of important voter registration and military voting deadlines

INDIANAPOLIS (October 5, 2015) Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson reminds Hoosiers that Monday, October 5 is the deadline to register to vote in the November 3rd General Election. She is also making a special plea to the families of military and overseas voters to connect their loved ones with an absentee ballot request. Hoosiers can begin voting by in-person absentee ballot otherwise known as early voting on October 6.   

“Our full service Indiana Voters app makes it easier for Hoosiers to connect with the voting process,” said Secretary Lawson. “It only takes a few minutes to register to vote and ensure your voice will be heard in the upcoming election. The deadline is right around the corner. If you are registered already, make sure you are registered at your current address. I encourage everyone who is not registered to register today to make your vote count.” 

Hoosiers can register to vote on-line by using the new Indiana Voters app, or by visiting IndianaVoters.com, and can submit an application to register in person at their local county clerk’s office or any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch. Voters who choose to mail their registration must have a postmarked date of October 5 or before. Registrations postmarked after this date will not be processed until after the November 3 election.  

The new Indiana Voters app also allows Hoosiers to confirm their voter registration, look up their polling place, get driving directions to their polling location, find out who’s on their ballot, track their absentee ballot application or provisional ballot information and contact local election officials. It is a full service application designed to make voting easy for Hoosiers by making election information accessible from anywhere.   

“If you are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, I encourage you to vote early,” said Secretary Lawson. “You can do this by visiting your county clerk’s office any business day between October 6 and noon on November 2 or by requesting an absentee ballot by mail.  These are great options to ensure everyone who wants to vote gets the opportunity to do so.” 

Military families are encouraged to remind those serving overseas to register and request an absentee ballot. Active duty military members and their spouses, as well as Hoosiers working overseas, should register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot by completing the Federal Post Card Application to ensure they receive their absentee ballot on time. The application can be completed online at www.fvap.gov. 

“Many military members are serving far away from home on Election Day,” said Secretary Lawson. “We are calling on those here at home to remind their loved ones serving overseas to register to vote and to apply for an absentee ballot.”  

Hoosiers who are not sure if they are registered can confirm their registration information online at www.indianavoters.com or through the Indiana Voters app. Voters may also request an absentee ballot and verify their polling location through the Indiana Voters app and on www.indianavoters.com.    

In addition to city and town elections, seven school corporations will have special elections to vote on funding various construction projects. There will be no elections conducted in four counties this November (Benton, Brown, Newton, and Warren).  

Except in those counties where the county election board has adopted a resolution for in-person voting only on certain days and times specified in that resolution, in-person absentee voting begins on October 6.  Contact your county clerk’s office for more information. Voters can visit their local clerk’s offices to cast their absentee ballot through noon on November 2.

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