Contact: Jim Gavin
Rokita Urges Hoosiers to register in time to participate in the Primary election
Indianapolis, IN - With one week remaining before the April 7th Voter Registration deadline in Indiana, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosier voters to make sure they are registered to vote so that they can participate in the May 6th Primary Election.
“I want every eligible Hoosier to exercise his or her right to vote in the primary election,” said Rokita, Indiana’s Chief Election Officer. “In order to do that, Hoosier voters must make sure they are registered.”
Voters who need to register for the first time must do so on or before April 7th, 2008 for the May 6th, 2008 Primary Election. Additionally, voters who have moved or changed their name must update their information by the same deadline.
Anyone not registered to vote may register in person at the county voter registration office, county clerk's office, or any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch. Voters may also mail in their registration form, available on Secretary Rokita's website at www.sos.IN.gov. Mailed in registration forms must be post-marked by the same April 7th deadline.
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to vote in Indiana: you are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana, at least 18 years of age at the next General Election, November 4, 2008; you are not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime, you have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election, and you are registered to vote.
As part of a statewide voter education effort, Rokita is urging voters to seek answers to their election-related questions before Election Day by using the following Official State of Indiana resources:
Hoosiers can check their registration status, locate polling places, and look up county-specific contact information by visiting IndianaVoters.com- a service made possible with the implementation of Indiana's statewide voter registration system (SVRS) linking together all 92 Indiana counties with several key state agencies.
About Hoosier Voter Hotline Line
The Hoosier Voter Hotline, 1-866-IN-1-VOTE (1-866-461-8683), is a comprehensive resource designed to answer any election questions. Voters are also encouraged to use the hotline to report suspected fraud or a polling place's accessibility limitations.
PhotoID.IN.gov explains the basics of Indiana’s photo ID law, including how to get an ID, what kinds of IDs are acceptable, and exemptions to the law. The site walks voters through steps to get a free state-issued ID from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) as provided by law, and provides details on the necessary documentation to obtain a free ID.
Please use caution when using any other website providing voter registration information. In the State of Indiana, there is no fee associated with registering to vote.