How to Register to Vote in Indiana
The hallmark of the United States is its democracy and the rights it provides people to elect the people responsible for the functioning of the government. In the United States, elections are held to choose government officials at the federal, state and local levels. For electing the head of the nation, people choose the President indirectly through an Electoral College.
Members of the legislature for the federal level are elected directly by the people of each state. In addition, people also directly elect one Governor for each state; as well as officials for local government levels such as counties, cities, townships, boroughs, and villages.
The eligibility to vote for an individual is established both through the United States Constitution as well as by laws governing individual states. Throughout the history of the United States, there have been various amendments to the Constitution to allow individuals to participate in the electoral process. The Constitution prohibits states from preventing individuals exercising their rights to vote in ways that infringe on a person's right to protection under the law, on the context of race and ethnicity, and the basis of gender.
Voter Registration in Indiana
In the state of Indiana, the following people are eligible to vote:
- Citizens who have resided in the state for at least 30 days before an election, and
- Citizens above the age of eighteen before the date of the next general or municipal election.
- In special cases, anyone who is seventeen years old can register if the voter turns eighteen on or before the next general election.
The following people are barred from voter registration in the state:
- Anyone currently incarcerated in prison, or
- Anyone declared “mentally incompetent” by a court of law and have had their voting rights removed.
Residents living in Indiana can register themselves at www.indianavoters.com if they have a valid Indiana Driver's License Number or an Indiana State Identification Card Number. If the person does not possess the aforementioned valid documents, they can download and print the Indiana Voter Registration Application and register to vote via mail.
In addition, citizens can opt for voter registration at the Indiana Election Division located in Indianapolis, at the local county voter registration office, at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles License branch or any National Voter Registration Act full-service agency such as Workforce Development offices or Social Service Administration offices; by going in person. Furthermore, local public libraries also offer voter registration applications.
Voter Registration Update in Indiana
To be eligible to vote, voters are required by law to update their voter registration in case of change of name or change in address. If one moves from one address to another within the county or the county clerk needs to be notified of the new address. In case someone moves from one county to another 29 days before the next general elections, one has to update the voter registration address with the new county clerk or renew the driver’s license at least 30 days before the election. Failure to do so prohibits the individual from voting in either county.
For those working in the military, voter registration is allowed until noon until the election day. In addition, Indiana allows for voters to have a non-traditional residence or vote even if homeless. In such cases, voters are required to list the closest intersection to where they reside in their residence address and mark the address of a friend, acquaintance or homeless shelter in their mailing address.