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Election Division > IED Staff > News > 2008 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: October 31, 2008 Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita Wants Voters to Develop a Personal Action Plan for Election Day

Contact: Jim Gavin
317-233-8655
Media@sos.in.gov

Indiana’s Chief Election Officer strongly encourages voters to plan ahead to cast ballots efficiently and effectively

(Indianapolis) (Indianapolis) – With historic voter turnout expected, Indiana’s Chief Election Officer, Secretary of State Todd Rokita, is encouraging voters to develop a personal action plan that considers several important recommendations for casting their ballots on Election Day.

“Hoosiers should be encouraged and proud of the level of interest our state has shown this election season,” said Secretary Rokita. “But understand historic turnout could mean longer lines at the polls. We can all do our part to ensure a fair and accurate election by planning ahead. Now is the time to think about November 4 and how you will participate in this election.”

Secretary Rokita’s advice for voters includes:

  1. Consider voting absentee-in-person at the office of your county clerk, election office or at a satellite voting location (if your county offers them). This option remains available to all Indiana voters until Noon on Monday, November 3. Contact your county clerk or election office for hours of operation and locations.

  2. Visit www.IndianaVoters.com to check voter registration and polling place location. Some polling places may have moved since the last election. IndianaVoters.com will supply maps and directions to the polling place for each voter.

  3. Bring an Indiana state or U.S. government-issued photo ID. The ID must:

    • Display the voter’s photo and name along with an expiration date. The expiration must either be current or have expired at some point since last General Election (November 7, 2006).

    • Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. Government. Free photo IDs are available from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). BMV branches will be open Monday, November 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, November 4, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  4. Consider voting during non-peak hours. Much like our roadways, our polling places have “rush hours.” These are typically between 6:00 and 9:00 a.m. and between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. The shortest lines and wait times will likely be found from 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. If you work on Election Day, inquire about possible changes to your shift or lunch schedule that would allow for you to vote during these hours.

  5. Ask a poll worker for help. There are 30,000 individuals throughout the state trained to help with polling location questions, the use of voting systems and accessibility and to help voters cast a provisional ballot if absolutely necessary.

Indiana’s 2008 General Election by the numbers

Secretary Rokita’s office continues to monitor and report on the robust activity in advance of Indiana’s 2008 General Election. The most current voter statistics include:

  • Total number of new and updated voter registrations in 2008 – 818,091
  • New voter registrations in 2008 – 345,582
  • Total number of absentee ballots submitted to date – 455,035
  • Absentee ballots cast in-person – 340,512

“In record numbers, voters have heeded our advice to consider voting before Election Day through absentee voting at their county clerks’ offices or satellite voting locations,” said Secretary Rokita. “This will go a long way toward alleviating some of the pressure on Indiana’s approximately 5,000 polling locations.”

Secretary Rokita also announced an Election Day oversight program whereby his office is teaming up with the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Through the program, teams will visit polling places to spot check their accessibility issues and review the effective use of the more than $700,000 in Help America Vote Act grants and equipment awarded since 2006 by Secretary Rokita to improve polling place accessibility.

Secretary Rokita’s complete 2008 General Election Readiness Briefing report on Election Day preparations is available at www.in.gov/sos.

For more information, or to arrange a pre-election interview with Secretary Rokita, contact Jim Gavin: 317.233.8655 or jgavin@sos.in.gov.

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