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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 27, 2010
State’s Chief Election Officer highlights Election Day resources geared toward helping voters prepare before making their choices on Nov. 2
INDIANAPOLIS – With less than one week remaining before the General Election, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita, the state’s chief election officer, is encouraging Hoosiers to know the rules and use the tools in preparing for Election Day.
“It’s important Hoosiers know what to bring with them on Election Day and are aware of the resources available to help them make an informed decisions,” Secretary Rokita said. “Resources like IndianaVoters.com, the Hoosier Voter Hotline and other materials are accessible to voters before and on Election Day if they need assistance before casting their ballots.”
Since being launched in 2006, http://www.indianavoters.com/ serves as a one-stop shop for information regarding Election Day and a voter’s specific information. For example, a voter can find the location of his or her polling place, view the candidates who will appear on his or her ballot, research campaign finance data and track the status of an absentee ballot through the website. Already, more than 64,000 users have visited http://www.indianavoters.com/ in the past 30 days.
Other resources available to Hoosiers on or before Election Day include the Hoosier Voter Hotline and the Election Division’s website. By calling the toll free Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE, voters will be able to speak directly to a representative who can answer their final questions before placing their vote. Staff will be on hand to answer calls from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. EDT on Election Day and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT on normal business days. Additionally, voters can visit the Indiana Election Division’s website, www.sos.IN.gov/elections, for answers to their questions, including information regarding Indiana’s photo ID law. Indiana’s photo ID law requires every voter to present a government-issued ID before casting their vote at the polls. The photo ID must meet four criteria to be acceptable for voting purposes. The ID must:
1. Display your photo;
2. Display your name, and the name must conform to your voter registration record. Conform does not mean identical. Below are some examples of names that would conform to Robert John Crew:
Robert J. Crew
R. John Crew
Bob John Crew
3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 4, 2008). Including Military IDs with expiration dates of "INDEF”; and
4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.
Finally, Secretary Rokita reminds voters that they still have the option to vote absentee-in-person at the office of their county clerk or a satellite absentee voting location. By law, absentee voting must remain available to Hoosier voters until Noon, Monday Nov. 1. To date, more than 87,701 voters have exercised their right to vote in this manner.
Media Contact: Jim Gavin, media@sos.IN.gov, 317-233-8655