INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day.
According to Secretary of State Connie Lawson, there are about 4.5 million registered voters in Indiana.
Rhea Cain, President of the League of Women Voters Indianapolis, says Indiana is on the right track, but there’s still some confusion when it comes to who can vote and how to register.
For example, you don’t need a physical Indiana license or state ID to register — you only need the last four digits of your Social Security Number or the number on your state ID card.
You do, however, need identification at the polls.
If you’ve moved or changed your name and it’s reflected on your ID, you must update your voter registration.
“It’s not necessarily where you vote, but it’s making sure you vote for people who represent where you live, Rhea said.
Marion County is a “voter center county,” which means you can vote at any polling location in the county.
Voting eligibility requirements include:
- Having a valid Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State Identification Card.
- Being a citizen of the United States.
- Being at least 18 years old on or before an election. A 17-year-old may register and vote in the primary election if the voter turns 18 on or before the next general or municipal election.
- Having lived in your precinct for at least 30 days.
- Not currently imprisoned after being convicted of a crime.
“I think a lot of people are cynical and feel like voting doesn’t make a difference. But in local elections, it makes a huge difference. The City-County Council and the Mayor make a huge impact on your daily life, especially in a city the size of ours,” said Rhea.
People in Indiana have until October 7th to register to vote in November’s Municipal election.
For more information on the League of Women Voters Indianapolis, click here.
To register to vote or to update voter registration, click here.
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