Indiana Election 2018: What you need to know

INDIANAPOLIS -- Election Day 2018 is finally here. 

After 728 days since the last general election, voters can finally head to the polls and cast their ballot.

Here's what you need to know to vote: 

Where do I vote? 

That depends on where you live. Some Indiana counties are considered “Vote Center Counties,” meaning you can vote in any polling place in the county, instead of a specific polling location. 

The following central Indiana counties are Vote Center Counties:

  • Bartholomew
  • Boone
  • Carroll
  • Hancock
  • Hendricks
  • Henry
  • Howard    
  • Johnson
  • Miami
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Owen
  • Putnam
  • Randolph
  • Tippecanoe

To find out where to vote, the best thing you can do is go to indianavoters.in.gov, then enter your voter registration information. It will tell you your polling place. 

What do I need to bring?

In Indiana, you need a photo ID to vote. It must display your photo and your name, have a current expiration date, and be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government. An Indiana driver’s license, Indiana photo ID card or U.S. Passport would allow you to vote. 

An ID for an Indiana school would also work, if it meets the above criteria. An ID from a private college would not work. 

If you do not have a valid ID, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will extend their hours to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses on Tuesday. The BMV will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information on the BMV hours, click here.

If you do not have a valid ID or there is an issue at the polling place, you can still vote with a provisional ballot. The provisional ballots will be checked after Election Day by the county election board to see if they should count.

Who is on my ballot? 

That, again, depends on where you live. 

Everybody in Indiana will vote for the U.S. Senate seat – Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Mike Braun, and Libertarian Lucy Brenton are running to represent the state in that race.

Everybody in the state will also vote for other Indiana offices, such as treasurer, auditor, and secretary of state. You will also vote on Indiana Public Question 1.

But after those decisions, it depends on where you live. You’ll be voting for a representative for the U.S. House, the Indiana House of Representatives, and county clerks, sheriffs, and other smaller races.

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