Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Vote Early; BMV Requests Renewals

Early in-person voting for the November 8, 2011 election began on Monday at the Clerk’s Office at the City-County Building. The nuts and bolts specifics are available on Clerk Beth White’s website. Here are the hours.

· Oct. 10 - 14 - Early voting, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Oct. 17 - 21 - Early voting, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Oct. 22 & 23 - Early Voting, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Oct. 24 - 28 - Early voting, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Oct. 29 & 30 - Early voting, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Oct 31 - Nov. 4 - Early voting, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
· Nov. 5 & 6 - Early voting, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
· Nov. 7 - Early voting ends at NOON

· Nov. 8 - Election Day! Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For those of you so inclined. There will be an Early Voting Rally today at the City Market at 11:00 a.m. Melina Kennedy will be there as well as some entertainment. Then, the group will proceed across the street to the Clerk's Office and vote early. If you can make it, I'm sure they'd love to see you!

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles put out a request to Indiana residents. If you need to renew your drivers’ license in the next year, do it now. You can renew your license for up to one year from the expiration date. So, for me, that means that I can renew my license since it expires in late July.

Of course, there is another side of this. Everyone in Indiana needs a federally-issued or state-issued ID card to vote. With a Presidential election year coming up, I’m sure that you will all want to make sure your ID is up-to-date and ready to go for November 2012. Make sure you check your ID’s expiration date and then take the necessary steps to renew it on time.

If you already have a new secure ID, you can simply go online and renew. For those of us, like me, that do not have the new secure ID, I have to go to the branch and wait in line with the crowds. Looks like this should be a one-time-only wait though if you can renew online in the future by law.

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