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Election Day: Dos and Don'ts

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Monroe County has 28 different polling locations that open at 6 a.m., but voters will want to know which location corresponds with their precinct. (Stephanie Wiechmann/IPR)

More than 20,000 Monroe County voters have cast their ballots prior to Election Day, according to Monroe County Clerk Nicole Browne, but most voters will vote on Nov. 3. Here’s what you should know, what you should bring and what you should leave at home before heading to the polls:

 

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Monroe County has 28 different polling locations that open at 6 a.m., but voters will want to know which location corresponds with their precinct. Voters can find their designated polling place at Indianavoters.in.gov. Polls close at 6 p.m., but Browne assured that voters still in line at 6 p.m. should stay in line. A poll worker will either stamp voters’ hands or note the last person in line to ensure everyone can cast a vote.

Bring an Indiana ID or one issued by the U.S. Government

Indiana Code 3-5-2-40.5 defines “proof of identification” and requires photo ID to display a voter’s photo, their name and an expiration date after the last General Election (Nov. 6, 2018.) Furthermore, Indiana voters must provide an Indiana photo ID, Military ID or U.S. Passport. Election officials cannot accept an out-of-state driver license. Voters unable or unwilling to present an appropriate ID can cast a provisional ballot and have 10 days after the election to provide necessary documentation to the county election board.

Leave the campaign shirt at home

State law prohibits electioneering, which includes wearing or displaying an article of clothing, sign or button that names a political party or includes the name or image of any currently elected official. A person who does not comply with electioneering laws or poll worker requests to cover electioneering items can still vote but may be prosecuted for a Class A misdemeanor.

 Take your two minutes

Hoosiers have two minutes to cast their vote once in the polling booth, but Browne said poll workers will not time voters. Voters may use their phones while voting, but researching candidates consumes the time of voters waiting in line. Browne advises Monroe County residents to come prepared because they will encourage voters to act faster if they take an excessive amount of time.

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