Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita reminds voters of absentee voting procedures and deadlines

April 5, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosiers of the upcoming primary election on May 4 and the multiple ways Hoosiers can cast an absentee ballot in the 2010 elections.

“Absentee voting empowers Hoosier voters who cannot cast their ballot in-person on Election Day to still take part in our elections,” Secretary Rokita said. “Hoosiers need to know all the options they have to cast their ballot for the 2010 elections depending on their individual circumstance.”

There are three options available for absentee voting:

Beginning today, eligible voters can cast an absentee ballot in-person, with a federal or State of Indiana issued photo ID, before Election Day at their county clerk’s office or a designated satellite location if available. This option is available through May 3 at noon local time.

A second alternative for voters who qualify is to cast an absentee ballot by mail. To be eligible, a voter must have a specific, reasonable expectation of being out of the county on Election Day or being scheduled to work at their regular job during the entire 12 hours the polls are open, be over 65-years-old, be a person with disabilities, have official election duties outside of their precinct, be confined due to illness or injury, be a caretaker for someone confined due to illness or injury, or be a member of the military or a public safety officer.

Eligible voters must fill out an application and have it faxed, delivered or mailed to their county election board office by Monday, April 26. The county election board will review the voter’s absentee application, and if the application is approved, will mail the absentee ballot to the voter to complete and return. Absentee ballots may also be faxed or emailed to certain military or civilian overseas voters.

Voters who are confined and need to have their ballot delivered by a traveling voter board
– consisting of a bipartisan team of county election workers – can fax, deliver or mail their application to the county election board by Monday, May 3.

Hoosier voters can visit or call the Hoosier Voter Hotline,
866-IN-1-VOTE to:

  • Find absentee voting applications,
  • Find information on how to prepare for Election Day,
  • Determine if they are registered to vote,
  • Locate their polling place, and
  • Find information on how to cast an absentee ballot.

Hoosiers can also find information on about Indiana’s photo ID requirement to vote.

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