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All About Voting

08/10/2020 | Adulting 101, What We're Reading

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020! See the FAQ below for answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about elections. For more information visit the Marion County Voter Information Portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

​ Why Should I Vote?

The National Geographic Society provides good information on why it is important that everyone exercise their right to vote

​What are my Rights as a Voter?

The Indiana Voters Bill of Rights can be found in English and Spanish.

What Do I need to Vote?

The Supreme Court has upheld the requirement of an Indiana State ID in order to vote.

Where can I get an ID?

VoteRiders provides 100% free assistance towards obtaining documents (such as birth certificates, change of name records), arranging rides to and from ID–issuing offices, and providing copies of ID for those eligible to vote by mail. Contact by phone 844-338-8743.

Where is my polling place?

Find out where to vote by choosing “Find Your Polling Place” on the Voter Information Portal.

What do I need to do to vote?

You must first register to vote. If you are unsure if you are registered you can click on “Check Voting Status” and if you need to register you can click on “Register to Vote.” Both are accessed at the Voter Information Portal, or at the following locations:

How can I turn in my registration form?

Registration forms may be mailed to or dropped off at the Marion County Board of Voter Registration. According to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division "[To] vote in a primary or general election, you must be registered at least twenty-nine (29) days before that election. A mail-in voter registration application must be postmarked at least twenty-nine (29) days in advance of that election." For the Nov. 3, 2020 election the deadline is Monday, October 5.

Can I (avoid long waits and) vote early?

YES – Voting early in-person is available from October 6, 2020 to November 2, 2020. All registered Indiana voters are eligible to vote early in-person. For more information on how to vote early in Indiana visit:

What if I can't vote on Election Day?

For people who cannot travel to their polling place on Election Day, an absentee ballot can be used. To see if you are eligible to vote absentee, or to download an online application, go to the Marion County Election Voter Information Portal Absentee Forms. You may also call the Election Board at 317-327-8683 to have a form mailed to you. Early voters, military and overseas voters, and a travelling board for sick, injured or disabled voters and their caregivers may all be eligible for absent

What if I need a ride to my polling place to vote?

The Marion County Democratic, Libertarian, and Republican parties provide transportation to the polls to residents of Marion County. When calling, give your name, address, and telephone number.

Libertarian Party of Marion County 2825 East 56th Street Indianapolis, IN 46220 (317) 643-5725

Marion County Democratic Party114 West St. Clair Street Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 637-3366

Marion County Republican Party 101 West Ohio Street Suite 2200 Indianapolis, IN 46204 (317) 964-5050

Who are the candidates running for office?

To find a list of who is on the ballot that you will be voting for, you can ccess Both are accessed at the Voter Information Portal. Click on the yellow icon “Who’s on the Ballot?” You will need to put in your name and your birthdate as well as the county where you are registered to vote. You will find a list of the candidates who are currently on the ballot.

Where can I find information about the candidates?

To find out more about each candidate you can easily find them online by searching their names on Google. Remember to consider who is providing the information on any site about a candidate and consider it the site may be biased. One reliable site is called Ballot Ready presented by the National Science Foundation, the Knight Foundation, and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics.

Where can I check the facts I find?

There are several good sites for fact checking - two easy-to-use options are Fact Check and Politifact. Another interesting one is NewsGuard, which works as a Chrome browser extension.

I am a college student, what should I know about voting?

The Student Voting Guide was created specifically for students to better understand how to vote.

​What is the Electoral College and how does it work?

For an explanation of how the college works, including statistics and historical counts, visit the National Archives and Records Administration.

How can I find out who my current government representatives are?

Your current elected officials can be accessed at the Voter Information Portal. You can click on the yellow icon “Find Elected Officials” to pull up a map and enter your address. Then you can choose Federal, State, County, Township, or school officials.

You can also view maps of your districts at Indiana Election Division – Statistics and Maps. If you have questions about your districts, you can call the Marion County Board of Voter Registrationat 317-327-5042.

Where can I find election results?

Official Marion County election results are available from the Voter Information Portal and click on “Election Night Results” or on “Historical Election Results.”. Official results from current and past elections throughout the state of Indiana are provided by the Election Division of the Indiana Secretary of State's office.

The Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives also provides Election Statistics from 1920 to 2014.

Reading Suggestions from IndyPL Staff:

The Black Vote The Center for Black Literature and Culture will be hosting a virtual book fest on June 13, 2020 from 1-3pm. The theme this year is 'The Black Vote'. Check out the list below for suggestions on the theme.

The History of Women in Politics Before Hilary Clinton (a former 1st lady who made political history with her run as a U.S. senator & the 1st female to gain her party's nomination as a leading presidential candidate) there were women who have also made a name for themselves in their involvement in politics. In honor of this year's presidential election, here are items that detail their accomplishments.

Elections and Voting for Kids: It's a Big Deal! Choose a book or two from this list to learn about the United States election process, who can vote, and the history of how each has developed over the last 200+ years. Find out the answers to some puzzling FAQs: What's a ballot? What's a poll? What does suffrage mean? Why couldn't Black people vote? Why couldn't women vote? You can read a general history of elections or focus on one issue, event, or person who made a difference.

Power to the Preschoolers: Introducing Elections to Kids Even small children can begin to understand the basic concept of voting as a method for making a group decision. Who wants pizza for dinner? Who wants mac 'n cheese? The books on this list can help you begin talking with your child about what it means to run for office as well as giving them a first look at the election process.