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SOS > Media Center >  Press Releases > 2004 Press Releases > For Immediate Release: November 1, 2004 Secretary of State Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosiers they may be asked to show identification when they go to the polls

Contact: Kate Shepherd

Rokita Reminds Hoosiers to be Prepared on Election Day Some New Voters Need to Bring Identification to the Polls Tuesday

Indianapolis, IN -- Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosiers they may be asked to show identification when they go to the polls to vote Tuesday. Hoosiers who this year registered to vote for the first time, by mail, were also required by new federal and state law to provide identification along with their registration forms. If they did not send the identification with the registration form or provide it to the local election office since registering, they will have the opportunity to present it at the polls. Rokita is Indiana's chief election official.

Several forms of identification are acceptable. A voter may show a current and valid photo identification like a driver's license or state identification card, a current utility bill, a bank statement, a paycheck, a government check or a government document showing his name and current address.

Voters who do not have identification with them when they appear at the polls will be allowed to vote using provisional ballots. A voter who is given a provisional ballot because he did not provide identification at the poll must take the identification to the county voter registration office before the polls close at 6:00 p.m. prevailing local time. If the county voter registration office does not receive the identification before the polls close, the provisional ballot will not be counted.

A voter may also be asked for an identification number at the poll. This number is either the last four digits of a voter's social security number or the voter's driver's license number. A voter who has voted in the same place for the last few elections does have the right to refuse to give this information to poll workers. It is a requirement for new or changed registrations to contain a voter identification number. This will help detect duplicate registrations when the new Statewide Voter Registration System is completed by January of 2006.