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Contact: Allison Fore
Rokita Urges Hoosiers to Register
Indianapolis, IN – With less than one week remaining before the October 9th Voter Registration Deadline in Indiana, Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita is reminding Hoosier voters to make sure that their voter registration is correct so that they can vote in the November 6, 2007 general election.
“I want every eligible Hoosier to exercise his or her right to vote in general election,” said Rokita. “In order to do that, Hoosier voters must make sure they are registered.”
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to vote: a voter must be U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana, at least 18 years of age at the General Election, November 6, 2007; may not currently be in prison after being convicted of a crime, and must have lived in the precinct where you vote for at least 30 days prior to the election, and have registered to vote.
Voters who need to register for the first time must do so on or before October 9, 2007 for the November 6, 2007 Municipal 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 by the close of business Tuesday at the county voter registration office, county clerk's office, or any Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branch.
Voters may also mail in registration forms that are available on Secretary Rokita's website at www.sos.IN.gov. Mailed in registration forms must be post-marked by Tuesday, October 9. Forms are also available at many government offices; however, voters should note that Monday, October 8 is Columbus Day, and government offices may therefore be closed.
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 Hoosier Voter Help Line, IndianaVoters.com, and PhotoID.IN.gov.
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 leading up to or on Election Day. Voters are also encouraged to use the Hotlinee to report suspected fraud or any physical obstacles to voting that they experience. The Hotline will be staffed by employees of the Secretary of State’s office from 6 AM to 7 PM EDT on November 6th and otherwise during normal business hours.
Hoosiers can check their registration status, locate polling places, and look up county-specific contact information by visiting http://www.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.
PhotoID.IN.gov explains the basics of Indiana’s photo ID law, including exemptions, what kinds of IDs are acceptable, how to get an ID, how to cast a ballot without an ID, how to vote absentee, and necessary documentation to obtain a free ID. 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 allows voters to print off a checklist for required documents as well as an explanation of the law to take with them to the BMV.