What you need to know before the May primary

Monday, April 9 is the statewide voter registration deadline.

Monday, April 9 is the statewide voter registration deadline. If you are new to Indianapolis or have recently moved or changed your name, you need to update your registration records by the deadline. Plus, 17-year-olds who will be 18 on or before November 6, 2012 can register and vote in the May primary election. State law requires us to print a special ballot for underage voters, who are permitted to nominate candidates in their primary but cannot vote in races decided in May like precinct committeeperson or state convention delegate. Forms can be downloaded from indy.gov/voter or voters can register online at indianavoters.com.

Early voting in the Clerk’s office begins Monday, April 9. The Marion County Clerk’s office will be open the following dates and times for early voting:

  • Weekdays, April 9 to 27: 8AM to 5PM
  • Sat., April 28 & Sun., April 29: 10AM to 5PM
  • Extended hours! Mon., April 30 to Fri., May 4: 8AM to 7PM
  • Sat., May 5 & Sun., May 6: 10AM to 5PM
  • Last day! Mon., May 7: 8AM to NOON

Voters will have easy access to the Clerk’s office if they use the Delaware Street entrance to the City-County Building. The office is located on the first floor of the west wing of the building. Reimbursed parking is available at the Alabama Street lots directly north and south of Market Street. Voters must pre-pay the lot fee, but it will be reimbursed after presenting a voucher from the Election Board office. There are several pay lots on Alabama Street, but only these two will reimburse voters. If there is any doubt, please check with the parking lot attendant.

Marion County has new precincts, which may affect where people go to vote on Election Day. Last year the mayor adopted new precinct boundaries, increasing our total number of precincts from 590 to 600. This order also means polling locations need to be updated. State law requires the mayor’s office to select the polling locations, and he has until April 9 to submit the final list to the Election Board. As soon as this information is available, we will post it to our website and update the Voter Information Portal.

New Congressional and state legislative districts are in effect for this election. Many voters will have new offices on their ballot this year. In 2011, the Indiana General Assembly adopted new Congressional and state legislative districts as a result of the 2010 census. This will be the first election that these boundaries are in effect.

School Board elections are now held in the fall.  This is a change in state law since our last school board elections in 2010. For this reason, there will not be a non-partisan ballot available in the primary election. Candidate filing for school board begins on July 25.

Pre-primary campaign finance reports are due by noon, Friday, April 20. Candidates on the ballot must file a report reflecting their financial activity from January 1, 2012 (or the date they opened their finance committee) through Friday, April 13. Local and judicial candidates file with the county election board; statewide and legislative candidates file with the Indiana Election Division.

Public test of Marion County’s voting equipment is Monday, April 23. The test will start at 9AM at the Election Services Center (3737 E. Washington St), which is located in the Sherman Commons Shopping Plaza at Washington and Sherman on the city’s east side.

To vote-by-mail, applications must be received by the Election Board on or before Monday, April 30. Applications are found on our website – indy.gov/election – or can be mailed to a voter if they call our office at 327-VOTE. Applications must be complete, including marking a reason for the request and indicating the voter’s ballot preference (Democrat or Republican). Once the application is processed, a ballot is mailed to the voter.  Civilian absentee ballots are due no later than 6PM Election Day, Tuesday, May 8.




Look for this special section in your
Baltimore Sun newspaper on Dec. 29, 2013.
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