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First time at the polls? Voting events and FAQ

Oct 17, 2018

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Voting buttons

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of wearing your “I Voted” sticker for the first time. Your vote is your choice, and it is an American right.

If you’re away from home and can’t get to your assigned polling place, you can still vote absentee-by-mail.

Last week marked the first day that a voter may vote with an absentee ballot for the 2018 general election.

You can visit to prepare your application. Once the application is complete, you must submit it to your local election office.

The application can be either mailed or hand-delivered to your local election office. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your local election office will let you fax or email the application.

Oct. 29 is the deadline for absentee-by-mail applications to be received by the county office.

Upcoming election-related events at IUPUI

Before you go to the polls, join your fellow Jaguars at the following events on campus:

March to the Polls

Wednesday, Oct. 24

1-3:30 p.m. | Taylor Courtyard

Meet in Taylor Courtyard for food and music before you march with the Multicultural Center and the Division of Student Affairs for early voting.

Indiana Senate Debate Watch Party

Tuesday, Oct. 30

7 p.m. | Campus Center TV Lounge

Watch incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, Republican Mike Braun and Libertarian Lucy Brent debate to win the Indiana Senate race.

Election Day HQ

Tuesday, Nov. 6

8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Campus Center Atrium, possibly multiple locations

The Civic Engagement assistants and student volunteers will staff an Election Day HQ where the campus community can receive help with voting questions, including where to find your precinct and more.

Election Day FAQ

Here are some other answers to frequently asked questions:

When is Election Day?

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6.

When is early voting open?

Early voting in Indiana opened Oct. 10 and runs through Monday, Nov. 5. Dates and hours may vary, so look up your polling location’s hours ahead of time.

How can I make sure I’m registered?

Indiana voters can check their registration at the Voter Portal on

Where is my designated polling place?

You can go to Indiana’s Voter Portal to find your polling location.

What do I need to take with me to vote?

Whether voting early or on Election Day, voters must bring a valid photo ID issued by the state of Indiana or the federal government.

How do I vote absentee in Indiana?

Voters in Indiana are eligible to apply to vote absentee if they have a disability, lack transportation to their voting location or are scheduled to work while polls are open on Election Day. Applications for absentee ballots are due Monday, Oct. 29.

Who is on the ballot in Indiana?

You can find the candidates you’ll be voting for through the Voter Portal.

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