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Remember your ID on Election Day


October 29, 2008
If you're planning to vote on Nov. 4 this year, make sure you bring a photo ID to your preferred polling place. This is only the second election in which the Photo ID law has been enforced, so if you didn't vote in 2006, here's a little refresher course with some information taken from the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site.

Public Law 109-2005 requires Indiana residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting a ballot at the polls on Election Day. The photo ID must meet four criteria before you can vote. It must display your photo, display your name as it appears on your voter registration or a similar name (i.e. Robert could be Bob.), display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the last election in 2006 and must be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government.

Indiana driver licenses, Indiana photo ID cards, Military IDs or U.S. passports are all acceptable forms of identification.

A student ID from an Indiana State school may only be used if it meets all of the four criteria specified above. A student ID from a private institution may not be used for voting purposes.

If you are unable or unwilling to present ID meeting these requirements, you may cast a provisional ballot. If you cast a provisional ballot, you have until noon 10 days after the election to follow up with the county election board and either provide the necessary documentation or affirm one of the law's exemptions applies to you.

For more information on how the Voter ID system works or to find out what exemptions apply, visit the Indiana Secretary of State's Web site on Photo ID at www.in.gov/sos/photoid.

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