Republicans in power in Marion County don't want to make it easier for you to vote, so Democrat Beth White, the Marion County Clerk, is doing what she can to make sure everyone that wishes to cast a ballot early before the November 8 election can.
White's office released a list of times that a registered voter in Marion County can travel downtown and vote at the Clerk's Office with a "no questions asked" absentee ballot. If you order an absentee ballot by mail, you don't need a government-issued photo ID, but you need a valid reason (unless you fit into a few categories).
Voting in person at the Clerk's Office requires you to do the same things you would normally do to vote on November 8. You need to bring that government-issued ID, and you will be asked to fill out an absentee ballot application. After that ID is checked and found to be satisfactory and in compliance, you receive a ballot and an envelope and can vote your ballot. You put the ballot in the envelope, follow the directions, and your ballot is stored until November 8 when it will be sent to your local polling precinct to be run through the machine on Election Day.
If you feel like you made a mistake, you can "beat your ballot to the polls" on Election Day if you voted by mail or voted early. Whichever arrives first...you or the ballot...becomes the vote you cast. If the ballot arrives first, you will be turned away. If you arrive first, you will vote and the ballot will be uncounted.
Without further ado, here's the release from Clerk White's Office.
Clerk White Announces More Early Voting Hours
Early voting now available three full weekends, free parking with voucher available
INDIANAPOLIS – In response to community requests, Marion County Clerk Beth White announced today the Election Board is adding another weekend - October 22 and 23 - to the early voting calendar.
While many county agencies will be closed on Columbus Day, Monday, October 10, the Clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for early voting. Voters do not need a reason to cast an in-person early ballot, but they must provide a valid photo ID issued by the state of Indiana or federal government. Early voting hours for Marion County now include:
Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, October 17 through Friday, October 21: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
**ADDED DATES: Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, October 31 to Friday, November 4: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Last Day! Monday, November 7: 8 a.m. to NOON
The Clerk’s office is located on the first floor of the west wing of the City-County Building in downtown Indianapolis (200 E. Washington Street). Voters should use the Delaware Street entrance for easy access directly to the Clerk’s office. Free parking is available with a voucher at the pay lots just east of the building on Market and Alabama Streets. Voters must pre-pay the lot’s fee, but it is refunded after providing a voucher available in the Election Board office.
“We’ve done our best to make Clerk’s office early voting more accessible by adding evening and weekend hours and working with our partners to provide easy access to our office and free parking, “ Clerk White said. “I hope voters use this flexible option and participate in our local election.”
Another absentee option available to voters is vote-by-mail. Voters must first submit an application, indicating one of the state-approved reasons for voting absentee. After the application is approved, an absentee ballot is mailed to the voter along with a postage-paid return envelope. Civilian absentee ballots are due no later than Election Day, Tuesday, November 8. Vote-by-mail applications are available online at www.indy.gov/election or by calling (317) 327-VOTE.
For state-level voting questions or to register to vote, visit www.indianavoters.com.